Cwm Carn - TRAIL

Cwm Carn - Trail, Cwm Carn, United Kingdom

As soon as you leave the car park there is quite a long warm up climb, if you havent done any stretches you will feel it on your legs. At the end of the first section you will find the wardens hut, catch a quick breath because you are in for a long haul. You will find some nice technical climbs which are nasty in the wet. You will eventually hit the totem poles which everybody uses as a marker, just as you think there can't be much more uphill it hits you with a very steep, very technical climb. If you make it up to the top from here without taking your feet out youve done good. This is where the fun begins with fast switchbacks and plenty of tricky singletrack. The only way to hit the course from here on if full on. The last third of the course is quick, this is where you hit my favourite section, I think it is called the Dragons Fork. Push yourself to the limits and you cant help drop one as you fly around the corners with a near vertical 300m drop only a meter or so away. Finally the last section, it's only short but again hit it hard and quick and you cant help but grin. Overall verdict is a no for beginners, a tough one for intermediates and a blast for the rest of us. If you cant enjoy this trail you just aint doing it quick enough.

User Reviews (11)

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ACE   Weekend Warrior [Feb 24, 2007]

Mainly up then mainly down.
This trail is not recommended for novices, so I got my old bike out, checked my birth certificate which suggested that I was 45, made a packed lunch and set off. I took it slowly, did not push any section and had a fantastic day, much more fun than roaming the New Forest.

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5
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3
KMG   Downhiller [Oct 20, 2006]

Uplift service now available. Takes about 20 minutes to get to the top. Single and double diamond black runs and a red run to choose from. Logon to www.cwmdown.co.uk and click on "track" to get a taster.

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4
VALUE
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3
fat legs   Downhiller [Apr 17, 2005]

Much easier uphill sections than the Afan trails. Downhills are mostly off camber affairs. The real joy in this ride is the last but one DH, "vertigo" awesome in the dry- leathal in the wet. A little short comapred with Afan to, I can do it in 1 hr. Best bits? it stays dry really well (well done ppl who built/designed it) and that vertigo DH is amazing!

Customer Service

There is only one route, but a new purpose built DH run is in the proccess of being built- check out the gap jump!

Similar Products Used: Afan, or in my humble opinion- Nant yr Arian is 60-70 miles away and is the best ride in all of Wales, and that includes the over-rated Coed Brenin.
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0
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2
dunkotm   Cross Country Rider [Sep 22, 2003]

Super trail after the climbs are done with. Certainly a good challenge to get to the top without dabbing a foot, but when you get to the top, thats when you grit your teeth and stay off the brakes at all costs.Great fun, beware the V shaped gates and be careful crossing the roads. Make a day of it- the cafe is good at the bottom..I haven't had enough riding this summer and yesterday this ride made me fall in love with riding all over again. Get there!

Customer Service

Just follow the signs and you cant go wrong. Cudos to the Forestry comission!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Scott Ramsay   Weekend Warrior [Aug 28, 2003]

I would recommend a brief warm up ride on tarmc before starting this as the first half is up, up and then up some more with little chance for recovery. The first climb is relatively straight forward. Then you hit the main road again and cross over onto technical single track climbing that just goes on and on with a few minor fire road sections. If you can get to the top without stopping or putting a foot down then that is a serious achievement (well for me it would be) At the top get ready to hit the downhill single track (interspersed with some minor climbs) Hit it hard and fast. It is mainly off camber single track either through open fields, woodland or, further on, on the edge of what seems like a vertical drop. I haven't done it in the wet but that must get the heart rate up as high as some of the climbs!! Excellent route. probably not for beginners unless the are prepared to walk a lot in the first half. The climbing is very technical the descending is pretty technical but very scary (there are many point you really do not want to come off).

Customer Service

J28 off the M4. Right at 4th roundabout, Right at 5th roundabout. Follow sign for Forest drive. Trail leaves from carpark and is very well waymarked.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
PORTER   [Aug 29, 2002]

As soon as you leave the car park there is quite a long warm up climb, if you havent done any stretches you will feel it on your legs. At the end of the first section you will find the wardens hut, catch a quick breath because you are in for a long haul. You will find some nice technical climbs which are nasty in the wet. You will eventually hit the totem poles which everybody uses as a marker, just as you think there can't be much more uphill it hits you with a very steep, very technical climb. If you make it up to the top from here without taking your feet out youve done good. This is where the fun begins with fast switchbacks and plenty of tricky singletrack. The only way to hit the course from here on if full on. The last third of the course is quick, this is where you hit my favourite section, I think it is called the Dragons Fork. Push yourself to the limits and you cant help drop one as you fly around the corners with a near vertical 300m drop only a meter or so away. Finally the last section, it's only short but again hit it hard and quick and you cant help but grin. Overall verdict is a no for beginners, a tough one for intermediates and a blast for the rest of us. If you cant enjoy this trail you just aint doing it quick enough.

Customer Service

Take J32 off M4 and head towards A470, take Caerphilly exit and head towards Llanbradach, from here head towards Blackwoon and Cwm Carn, follow signs for Cwm Carn Forest Drive, you can't miss it.

Similar Products Used: Afan Argoed (Port Talbot)
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5
VALUE
RATING
Paul   [Aug 31, 2002]

This is essentially a very long climb up to the top and then a descent back down to the car park. For all you fans of singletrack climbing, this is the place to come. When you reach the top you certainly feel like you have earned the trip down. The bit where there is an open mountainside that is traversed has to be the most buttock clenching riding that I've ever done. You feel like you have achieved something just getting down alive!
It's a long way to go just for this so would recommend combining with the 9feet.com trail at Afan.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Warren   [Sep 02, 2002]

Fantastic trail. Very difficult in the wet. If you don't enjoy climbs, you won't like the first half of the route! If you do, then it's easily worth putting in a few laps (45mins to 2hrs per lap depending on fitness).

Awkward V shaped gates are in place at the start and end of each section to stop scrambler bikes getting on the trails, and these are very tough to ride through at any speed, so watch out!

Combine with Afan Argoed (nr. Neath) or some more natural stuff in the Beacons or even round the local area (Abertillery) for a fantastic Welsh Wales weekend.

Customer Service

Look for the big stones in the middle of the car park. This is the start. Follow the waymarks UP UP UP UP UP and UP some more. Top notch climbing on singletrack with minimal fireroad sections. Fantastic descending, very twisty and tough not to lose it over the edge in places! Unbelievably quick final descent if it's dry, hit 30mph+ and you've got bigger balls than me!

Similar Products Used: Afan Argoed, Talybont and the Gap Road in the Beacons, Sarn Helen.
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
J.Brookes   [Sep 05, 2002]

Climb is tough and downhill sections are a blast, but beware the 'v' gates between sections.
Excellent surfacing and layout, even in the wet.
Take the trail at a fair speed and an hour or so later you'll be ear to ear in teeth!

Customer Service

You could ride most of the uphill section on the tarmac and join the trail at the sculpture picnic area.
But the singletrack climb is worth doing from the bottom.

Similar Products Used: Try the FODCA 1 singletrck loop in the Forest of Dean.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
El Presidente   [Sep 25, 2002]

Did this recently with the GVMTB crew inc 3 single speeders (inc World Champ Smokin Wherlock). The singletrack uphill bits are fun but ruddy hard work. Watch out for the sheep, or leisure centres as they call them in Cymru. Worth it when you get to the top. The downhill and flat bits are fast and technical - if you can't enjoy this, there is something seriously wrong with you.

Customer Service

The tarmac bits are for girls.

Similar Products Used: Nortons Wood near Portishead in North Somerset. See the GVMTB website for details http://www.gvmtb.co.uk/
OVERALL
RATING
5
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