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Cwm Carn

Average Rating:    (4.27 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

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.
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Latitude
51.64870258356996
Longitude
-3.126983642578125
Trail Directions
Follow signs for Cwm Carn Forest Drive and you cant miss it.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Cwm Carn
   


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Review Date
October 20, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: KMG ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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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Review Date
April 17, 2005

Overall Rating
 0 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: fat legs ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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!

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
September 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: dunkotm ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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!

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



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Review Date
August 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Scott Ramsay ,  Weekend Warrior , from Bristol

Summary:
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).

Recommended Route:
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.



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Review Date
October 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: revlis , from London

Summary:
Compact, distilled, potent little trail for intermediate to advanced. Taxing, technical climb first 3 miles, mostly over beautiful, rocky, slippery singletrack. Then blasting, rolling, switching, whoopy, rocky descent through pine forests, and in the wide open, glued to the edge of a peak. Off-camber rocky track over the last 1-2 miles will keep you wide awake - esp in the wet. Excellent combination of trails - has a big future. Management seems to be really on to it, also. Will be back.

Recommended Route:
Follow the signs - approx 8 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Check out the "9Feet.com"/"Rocky Mountain" and "The Wall" trails in Afan Forest while you are in the area. Both very cool also.



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