Bike park wales Ultimate Guide
One of the UKs Biggest and Best Bike Parks!
Your ultimate Bike Park Wales Guide. Details about accomodation, nearby camping as well as a look at the Trails and handy info for anyone planning a trip.
Every self respecting mountain biker in the UK has heard about Bike Park Wales. Many have traveled far and wide to get wheels on the ground. But what is all the hype about and is it even worth making the trip? Read on to find out everything you need to know, so you can decide if it’s going to make your bucket list this year……
A massive amount of trails to choose from which spreads riders out across the mountain. Even though there may be 100’s of people out there, it certainly doesn’t feel like it.
It’s good for ALL skill levels
From the long flowy corners of ‘Terrys Belly’ to the HUGE senders on ‘Enter the dragon’, Bike Park Wales has you covered! All trails are marked with ‘T,B or F’ which means you know if a trail is a ‘Tech, Blend or Flow”.
“It’s hard to find a place in the UK where you can get in so much descent in one day, across so many different trails .”
Mr Mtb Trail Hub
At £43 it’s expensive, but the Bike Park Wales Uplift is always waiting at the bottom. It’s possible to get 13/14 runs in a day!
Huge on-site shop with everything you could need. Bike hire, Protective equipment hire, Repairs and loads of the latest gear.
Massive Cafe with loads of tasty treats. The beer isn’t bad either!
*Tip If you’re new to Bike Park Wales, grab a trail map from reception. Listed are all the trails graded from easiest to hardest so you can work your way up through the trails without ending up on a trail that is way above your skill level.
Check out this mini series to really see what the trails are like to ride. Fancy the Bike Park but not sure if you’re up to it? Find out from this mini series which documents The Blues, Reds and Black runs.
For camping near Bike Park Wales, Grawen Camping park is situated inside the Brecon Beacons National Park and roughly 10/15mins from Bike Park Wales,
Open from April to October, they have modern facilities with hot showers, electric hook-ups and a laundrette. Dogs are permitted on leads.
Post code – CF48 2HS
Tel: 01685 723740
Bed and breakfast
If you’re looking for Bike Park Wales accommodation, then Twin Trails is a B&B situated very close to the trails. It also caters only to riders! A 2 minute drive from the trails and rated 5* on Trip advisor.
CCTV Monitored, safe and secure storage of equipment.
Bike cleaning and laundry equipment services.
£35 per night with breakfast inc.
Postcode – CF48 4JZ
Call or text on – 07807 979524
*Bike Park Wales is currently developing their site which will include an onsite campsite.
What bike to take?
This is one of the few places you can ride almost any bike and be ok. A DH bike would be great and so would a Hardtail. It’s ultimately down to what you have. If you ride a hardtail then stick to the blues and you will be fine. If you have a DH bike then prepare to be over biked for sections. The perfect bike would be a Enduro 150-170mm travel.
Dedicated Trail Crew
The Team at Bike Park Wales has a full time dig crew who work their magic developing new trails and maintaining/ improving others. All the trails are built to high standards.
Ride in all Weathers
These trails ride well in all conditions as they are mostly made from compacted mud/pebble. This holds up well to avoid braking bumps and still offers plenty of grip in the wet.
Wether you like Jumps, Tech or Flow as a Beginner or Pro, there are trails for you which are all clearly marked on the map.
From the moment you arrive the atmosphere is there. Everyone is excited and you instantly get the feeling you’re at a top notch facility. Not to mention the forest is pure beauty.
A weekends uplift cost has risen to £43 per day which, if you consider all the other costs involved in a weekends riding, adds up. You do get a lot of bang for your buck but let’s not forget there is ALOT of other riding to do nearby which can work out cheaper.
Lack of Steep Terrain
Steep Tech trails could be either a positive or negative depending on what type of riding you like. I personally love it. Bike Park Wales has a few steep sections but the majority is at quite a mellow gradient. If you want steep, you can find that at Revolution Bike Park.
Because of its popularity the uplifts fill very quickly, especially Friday – Sundays. Get a date in the diary and book in advance to avoid missing out.
In early 2020, I planned a trip to Bike Park Wales which almost fell through last minute. We didn’t book the uplift in time which left us all devastated. As soon as this happened I immediately started to think of another place to ride which would deliver the same experience. The result was conclusive….. There isn’t one! (Revolution Bike Park is close).
The design style is similar to the legendary Whistler, which as i’m sure you know is a massively successful Bike Park. The folks at Bike Park Wales have really delivered something amazing for all levels of rider to progress skills, push their limits and really get a taste for a proper Bike Park experience.
P.s They added more vans so we got to make the trip after all!
Mtb Trail Hub Podcast
Check out the Bike Park Wales edition for even more info.
Take an in depth look at trails and features the Bike Park Wales Trilogy video series to see what’s there. We cover the Blues, Reds and Black trails.
General overview video of Bike Park Wales.
For the BPW Podcast episode, Listen via iTunes here or Android here
Bike Park Wales Postcode – CF48 4TT
Find the Trail Map Here
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