ARE you looking for somewhere new to take the kids at half term? A beginners mountain bike trail in Afan Forest Park is receiving rave reviews from locals and visitors.
The 5.5km Rookie trail starts at the Afan Forest Park visitor centre, and provides an introduction to mountain biking for families and novices. There is also a small skills area on the trail that can be used by children to improve their riding technique.
Sally Tansey, from Forestry Commission Wales, said: “The Rookie trail is the first one in Afan Forest Park that is aimed at families and newcomers to the sport.
“It is encouraging to see the forestry being used and enjoyed by such a diverse group of people. It’s a great facility for local youngsters and hopefully it will be popular during half term.”
The leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Ali Thomas, said: “It’s great to see that the new Rookie trail is attracting people of all ages.
“The trail was built to encourage people to stay active, and enjoy our beautiful landscape in the Afan Valley. It is certainly doing this, and attracting visitors to the area.”
The new trail was created by Cognation, a partnership project between Neath Port Talbot, Caerphilly, and Merthyr councils, and Forestry Commission Wales. Cognation is investing in mountain biking throughout South Wales including new mountain bike trails and the renovation of visitor facilities.
Mountain biking has an important role in the Welsh tourism industry, with nearly 300,000 visitors recorded at trail centres in 2011.