Afan Forest Park - Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre, near Port Talbot

Starting point for three of our red-graded mountain bike trails

What's here

Some of the trails are diverted. Go to Closures and Diversions for more information.

 

Timber haulage is ongoing on the forest roads - please be aware and follow any instructions on site.

 

Coronavirus update

 

Our sites and most visitor facilities are open.

 

We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.

 

Welcome

Afan Forest Park was created in the 1970s and has grown into one of Britain’s iconic mountain bike destinations.

Situated in a former coal mining valley a few miles from the M4, the forest park offers mountain bike trails for beginners to expert riders.

Three of our red-graded mountain bike trails start from the car park at Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre.

You can also join the green-graded Rheilffordd Low Level Cycleway from the car park here.

Most of our mountain bike trails start from Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre.

Mountain bike trails

All our mountain bike trails are waymarked from start to finish and have been graded for difficulty.

At the start of the trail there is an information panel – please read this before setting off.

Rheilffordd Low Level Cycleway

This gentle trail follows the wide, flat route of an old railway track that once carried passengers and coal the length of the valley.

Over 14 miles of disused railway and forest road link the communities of Pontrhydyfen with Blaengwynfi and Glyncorrwg and it’s a great way to explore the Afan Valley.

White’s Level Trail

  • Grade: Red (difficult)
  • Distance: 15.4 kilometres (with optional additional 2.3 kilometre black-graded loop)
  • Climb: 405 metres
  • Time: 1½-3 hours

This is the most technical of all the trails in Afan Forest Park and is 90% purpose-built singletrack.

A 6 kilometre sheep-track climb gives fantastic views of the Afan Valley.

Extreme exposure on tight singletrack means ultimate thrills and long, demanding descents with rocky steps to negotiate, all leading to one outrageous trail.

There is an optional additional 2.3 kilometre black-graded loop.

For a longer ride, combine with Y Wal Trail via one of the W2 links.

Blade Trail

  • Grade: Red (difficult)
  • Distance: 23.6 kilometres
  • Climb: 570 metres
  • Time: 2½-3½ hours

The Blade Trail has lots of singletrack, offering a great trail for more experienced riders.

This trail takes you to higher and more remote sections of the forest with amazing views over the Brecon Beacons National Park.

It twists and winds through the distant forest with some tough technical climbs and descents before dropping back to Glyncorrwg.

You can also add-in a loop of the Skyline trail but make sure you are properly equipped as this extra loop takes you to a very remote area with changeable weather conditions.

Skyline Trail

  • Grade: Red (difficult)
  • Distance: 46.8 kilometres
  • Climb: 316 metres
  • Time: 2-3 hours

This trail reopens in 2021 after redevelopment, with riding on forest roads and over 30 kilometres of singletrack.

Visitor facilities

The car park, café, mountain bike shop, toilets and other visitor facilities at Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre are privately managed.

For more information, go to the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre website.

Closures and diversions

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.
  • We may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice, due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.
  • Please always follow any instructions on site and any temporary diversion signs.

Current closures and diversions

All trails: Please be aware of timber haulage lorries using the forest roads whilst harvesting operations are carried out.

Blade: The ‘Ghost Train’ section is permanently closed. Please follow waymarked diversions.

Blue Scar: Please slow down between berms on the ‘Mandrill’ section.

Penhydd: The 'Big Dipper' and 'Desolation' sections are closed due to harvesting operations. Please follow diversions in place.

Skyline: The 'South Pit' section is closed due to harvesting operations and a diversion is in place. Other diversions in place on ‘Short & Sweet’, ‘Riding High’, ‘On the Edge’ and ‘Coed Mog 1’ sections due imminent trail maintenance works.

W2: The boardwalk section of the W2 Black Run is closed for replacement. You may be asked to wait by a banksman on the Parson's Folly Upper Link due to harvesting operations.

White's Level: The boardwalk section (Goodwood) is closed for replacement.

Y Wal: The '373' and '374' sections are due to be closed for harvesting operations. A diversion will be in place along the forest road from 'Picadilly' along to 'Graveyard'.

How to get here

Location

Afan Forest Park is six miles from junction 40 of the M4.

It is in the county of Neath Port Talbot.

Ordnance Survey map

Afan Forest Park is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 165 and 166.

The OS grid reference for Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre is SS 872 984.

Directions

Exit M4 at junction 40 onto A4107 towards Cymer.

Drive past Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre.

Continue for three miles to go through Cymer and then follow the brown and white signs for Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Port Talbot.

For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.

Related document downloads

Blade Trail guide PDF [1.2 MB]

Other places in South West Wales