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As Bike Week rounds into the weekend, the chance to really give yourself over to a day ride in the beautiful summer weather becomes more and more real. Healthy, cost-efficient, and fun, cycling has always been a popular activity along the coast in Bridgend. As for trails in this beautiful county, there is no shortage. Whether you are looking for something challenging like the Darren Fawr Trails or a little more leisurely - Bridgend has it all!
Trails For Family, Friends, and Adventurers
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The Cefn Cribwr Trail, a section of the Celtic Trail from Tondu to Pyle, is an excellent trail for beginner bikers. It's short distance of only 4.5km and traffic-free surroundings make it lovely for those looking for a calm and relaxing ride. The trail itself takes you through the Parc Slip Nature Park, giving you a chance to see the recorded 28 Butterfly species that exist there!
The Ogmor e Valley Trail stretches from Nant-y-Moel to Aberkenfig. It's 11 miles are calm, safe, and fit for those seeking something a bit on the longer side or as a family outing. It passes some well-known landmarks for a tourist as well, such as the Devil's Pulpit and beautiful views like the one from Llangeintor Church.
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The Darren Fawr Mountain Bike Trails opened this past January and beckon with their gorgeous scenery and challenging topography. The two trails, the blue Glengarw trail for intermediate riders and the black Gellideg trail for experienced riders, are approximately 3km each, and combined 6km.
If you're looking for any local contacts - Bridgend has many different kinds of cycling clubs and opportunities to hire bikes. For Local clubs, the Ogmore Valley Wheelers and the Blackmill & District Mountain Bike Club are great for getting you started in meeting the local cycle community and learning about the different trails. Breakaway Cycling Holidays offers great bike hires, a great way to go cycling for a weekend holiday without having to cart your bike along with you.
As always, use your common sense when you go out cycling! Don't go out on a long day trip without food, water, a mobile phone and a map. Always wear a helmet and keep your bike roadworthy. If you are going to be cycling on a road, remember to take care in riding downhill and watch for junctions and cars that may be dangerous to an unprotected cyclist.
For the off-roader, take care to give way to pedestrians and don't expect to cycle at high speeds. And always, no matter how safe you feel it is, lock your bike up when you leave it unattended! You don't want to loose your favorite transportation, do you?
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Make Bike Week the most bike-worthy week yet!
One of Bridgend's most historic sites has been re-opened to the public after eight years of closure. Bedford Ironworks, in Cefn Cribwr, dates back to the 18th century and is both a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade II Listed Building. Considered to be one of the best preserved small ironworks in Britain, the interpretive boards throughout the site illustrate the harsh conditions endured by workers in the early days of the industrial revolution.
Set in the centre of Bedford Park, which itself is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the ironworks is surrounded by a network of footpaths which allow visitors to enjoy the varied countryside that the park provides.
Just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean they are not there! Join experienced mammal trackers on a guided walk and identify the wealth of wildlife on our doorstep just by the clues they leave behind. Meet at Bedford Park Iron Works car park, Cefn Cribwr near Bridgend.
This event is another Wales Biodiversity Event and is FREE. However, places are limited and booking is advisable. As it's an outdoor event, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Contact [email protected] or 01656 643196