|AFANARGOED Forest - Yet more fun in Wales|
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the main entrance that interests us which is 8 miles north of Port
Talbot on the A4107. The easiest way to get to Afan Argoed is from the
M4 which crosses South Wales. Tip-- don't cross the Severn bridge from
the UK direction it will cost you, but is free on the return leg.
Leave at junction 40 and turn north (away from the sea)Doh! onto the A4107. At the first mini-roundabout turn left and follow the road ignoring all side-turnings. Eventually you will see conifer trees lining the right hand side of the road. Pass a turning to Pontrhydyfen and continue up the valley.
Ignore the FIRST Forestry Commission car park and turn right into the Afan Argoed Visitor Centre about 3/4 mile beyond further up the valley.
|Big route map of where to play here so be patient if you want it for printing >>|
|Forestry commision site also >>||The nice people at Mud Dock have put together a photo diary of the route by taking photo's of the route every 0.5 miles CHECK IT HERE -Photo Guide|
|Group Acomodation try LA Holiday & Riding
directions-- It's about about 15-20 minutes drive from Afan Argoed. Head north up the Goytre Valley until you meet the main (!?) Bryn-Maesteg road. Turn left, go up and the hill and follow this until it passes a large timber merchants on the right. At the next very dodgy t-junction turn right onto the A4107 and follow this up the valley to Afan Argoed.
|LOCAL NIGHTLIFE a
guide from the man Phil
Nightlife Hmm, there's not much in Goytre. There's a few pubs south in Port Talbot. The Twelve Nights is on the main drag and there a cinema not too far away. If you just want beer you could try the Colliers in Pontrhydyfen or the Rolling Mill in Cwmavon. I can't remember my last trip to Maesteg (it was that good). To be honest you're best bet might be to head to Swansea - it's only about 25 minutes drive and there's loads of pubs/clubs/dives etc to keep you enterntained.
|More accomodation info
Yep I'd recommend Hobo Backpackers. located in south Wales on the Edge of the Brecon Beacons. Hobo offers comfortable shared, self catering accommodation. Beds are made for your first night with sheets and duvet. We have secure storage and work space for MTB's. With in the town of Tredegar there are a choice of take-a-ways and Cafe's. There are also some very good pubs close by. The riding terrain around Tredegar is great there are trails that start from our door, or a within a short drive there two forest centres to ride, Afon Argoed and Cwm Carn. Although my personal preference is down into the Sirhowy Valley, Well I would cause I run it! Hobo is about 40min drive from the trail. Hobo sleeps upto 30 in 5 family sized rooms. There is a well equipped kitchen and dinning/party room. Or there is a good cafe and a selection of pubs near by. Hobo has secure bike storage and cleaning facilities. Regards Horace HOBO-BACKPACKERS.CO.UK
About Hobo Backpackers Hobo is located in south Wales on the Edge of the Brecon Beacons. Hobo offers comfortable shared, self catering accommodation. Beds are made for your first night with sheets and duvet. We have secure storage and work space for MTB's. With in the town of Tredegar there are a choice of take-a-ways and Cafe's. There are also some very good pubs close by. The riding terrain around Tredegar is great there are trails that start from our door, or a within a short drive there two forest centres to ride, Afon Argoed and Cwm Carn. Although my personal preference is down into the Sirhowy Valle
For more luxury Try this recomendation www.l.a.clara.net- log cabins, pool etc - cheap too. 12 of us stayed there a couple of w/e ago, sounds exactly what you need, only a short ride to the trail too and a walk from the pub - Fantastic. Cheers Dave Kirby Cheltenham & County Mountain Bike Club - www.cc-cc.co.uk
|hire bikes info
The best and newest bikes available for hire at Afan are the 24 speed Muddy Fox Ranger Mega (the name's just a coincidence - no pun intended) mountain bikes. Most significantly they have basic v-type brakes so could conceivably be ridden around the 9feet. However they are fully rigid and do not have SPD compatible pedals, so breakneck speed is not recommended. 99% of the bikes I hire out tend to pootle up and down the valley bottom cycle path or at most tackle the Forest Enterprise MTB trail on the other side of the valley. That's not to say you can't take them on the 9feet - its just that the cycle hire currently caters more for the recreational novice rider than "proper" MTBer. Although it is due to evolve in line with the increasing popularity of the purpose built MTB trail network under construction within the Park.
Unique to Afan are 4 disabled trikes and one wheelchair bike (self propelled by arm pedalling or with mtb attachment on rear). Deposit is £10 for one bike plus £2 for every bike thereafter, i.e. 4 bikes = £16 deposit. Hire rate per bike: Up to 1 hour = £2.80 1 - 2 hours = £5.40 2 - 4 hours = £8.50 over 4 hours = £11.00 Cycle Hire opens at 10:30 every day except Wednesdays and Thursdays when it is closed (outside school holidays).
Last hire on a weekday is 3:30 Last return 4:30, weekend last hire 4:30 last return 5:30. Booking is seldom necessary except on Bank holidays or school holiday weekends.
For more info call me at the visitor centre on 01639 850564.
Andy Fielder - Sometime Park Ranger and Cycle Hire Attendant.
Singletrack Mind MTB Club - Creators of the 9feet.com trail
|Track names from the local riders
1 unamed - outbound leg to impossible switchback
2 'To the top' - old tramroad that climbs up argoed valley to drop onto forest road
3 unamed - forest road that climbs to Desolation
4 'Desolation' - section across clearfell with treestumps
5 'Brashy Track' - descent into trees off forest road
6 'Green Run' - old forest road through trees before really muddy section
7 'Frog corner' - descent down through mud to emerge on forest road
8 'Ridge too far' - bugger of climb back up to top
9 'Hidden valley' - you must know where this is
10 'Nick Quarry' - forest road to left out of Hidden Valley
11 'Sidewinder' - short climb and then descent to forest road
12 'Dead Sheep Gully' - section through larch trees crossing bridge then out on to forest road at bottom
13 '!$%*"' - another bugger of a climb upto Genesis
14 'Genesis' - short, fast section with wall crossing
15 'Avin a Good Time' - singletrack descent to stream crossing
16 'Bubble' - next section of singletrack includes another wall crossing
17 'Squeak' - following section alongside trees. Bluebell carpet in spring
18 'Heart of Darkness' - er, very dark section before you rejoin the entrance/exit section