Gethin Woodland Centre Abercanaid Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1YZ
Opened in August 2013, BikePark Wales is the UK’s first purpose-built mountain-biking centre. There are twenty-three downhill trails in total, with quirky names like Coal not Dole, Enter the Dragon and Half Cut – catering to everyone from first-timers to experts alike. The more experienced can snake down the 491 metre Gethin Mountain, located just outside the town of Merthyr Tydfil in the Welsh Valleys. The trails were designed by Welsh downhill mountain bike champion Rowan Sorrell, and are maintained by a full-time crew. A fleet of minibuses provides an uplift service, whisking you and your bike up to the summit, though more hardcore mountain-bikers can head back up under their own steam, if they prefer. Bike-hire is available from the onsite shop, and there’s a good cafe in which to swap stories and refuel at the end of the day.
Best Places to stay near BikePark Wales
Under the Oak GlampingCaerphilly, Glamorgan, South Wales
The Barn, Pen y Waun Farm, Mountain Rd, Bedwas, Caerphilly CF83 8ER
Family-friendly safari lodges and a romantic couples retreat, all set in private areas of afarm, with wood-fired hot tubs and spectacular views
Glamping in Caerphilly
Glamping in Glamorgan
Glamping in South Wales
YHA Brecon BeaconsPowys, Mid Wales
Libanus, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8NH
The perfect place to enjoy the best of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Holidays in Powys
Holidays in Mid Wales