New bike trails open in Cwmcarn Forest Drive

New bike trails open in Cwmcarn Forest Drive

New bike trails open in Cwmcarn Forest Drive

First published in News

TWO more mountain bike trails will open at Cwmcarn Forest Drive this weekend.

Cafall and a new downhill trail are being added to the existing Twrch Trail and Y Mynydd downhill trail.

The new routes are part of the Cognation project hich has heavily invested in mountain biking throughout South Wales over the past three years.

It has led to South Wales earning a reputation as one of the leading places to ride in the United Kingdom.

The Cafall cross-country trail offers a different experience to riders with technical challenges that takes in different views including a fantastic view across to Twmbarlwm.

The new downhill trail is less extreme than the current one and will allow mountain bikers of an intermediate level to ride comfortably.

Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development, said: “Cwmcarn Forest has long since been popular choice for extreme sports enthusiasts, particular those who enjoy mountain and downhill biking.

“The launch of these two new trails will double our offering, and really help us put Caerphilly county borough on the map as a destination of choice for visitors and thrill seekers alike”.

Peter Cloke, Forest District Manager of Natural Resources Wales, said “With the addition of the new cross country and downhill trails Cwmcarn is sure to be must on most bikers ride list ensuring South Wales remains one of the top mountain biking destinations”.

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12:31pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ivor27 says...

I hope all of the bikers make use of the facilities provided, espeically the car park. It appears that some of them are too skinny to spend £2 car park charge and prefer to park on the side of the road. Also, the large car park at the bottom is designed for the bikers but again, there are some who continuously park in the car park alongside the visitors centre and then people who are just visiting the centre cannot park and have the long walk from the bottom.
I hope all of the bikers make use of the facilities provided, espeically the car park. It appears that some of them are too skinny to spend £2 car park charge and prefer to park on the side of the road. Also, the large car park at the bottom is designed for the bikers but again, there are some who continuously park in the car park alongside the visitors centre and then people who are just visiting the centre cannot park and have the long walk from the bottom. ivor27
  • Score: 2

6:40pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Bobevans says...

Used to be a nice place to go for a walk but most people now steer well clear of it because of reckless cyclists and motorcyclists. A shame as it used to be a nice place to go
Used to be a nice place to go for a walk but most people now steer well clear of it because of reckless cyclists and motorcyclists. A shame as it used to be a nice place to go Bobevans
  • Score: -5

9:08pm Sat 22 Feb 14

maggiesian says...

Even though these new tracks opened this weekend I was forced off a footpath in the Medart area, which is very close to Cwmcarn forest drive, by a cyclist illegally riding very fast downhill. This is not an unusual occurrence. I have contacted National Resources Wales about cyclists illegally using paths in the Medart area putting walkers in danger and asking for something to be done to discourage cyclists using these tracks. I have had no response. It seems that NRW have the time and resources to build new cycling tracks and yet lack the initiative to promote walking in the area, unless it is for those who like to stay on the valley bottom or the low slopes.
Even though these new tracks opened this weekend I was forced off a footpath in the Medart area, which is very close to Cwmcarn forest drive, by a cyclist illegally riding very fast downhill. This is not an unusual occurrence. I have contacted National Resources Wales about cyclists illegally using paths in the Medart area putting walkers in danger and asking for something to be done to discourage cyclists using these tracks. I have had no response. It seems that NRW have the time and resources to build new cycling tracks and yet lack the initiative to promote walking in the area, unless it is for those who like to stay on the valley bottom or the low slopes. maggiesian
  • Score: -2

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