Skyline Mountain Bike Club

Expressions of Interest to operate a Cafe / Restaurant.

The Management Committee of the Glyncorrwg Ponds Co-operative are seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced businesses to operate a Café/Restaurant within the Glyncorrwg Ponds & Mountain Bike Visitors’ Centre.

The Centre is the hub for mountain bike and other outdoor activities and provides first class facilities for riders and other visitors to Afan Forest Park.

The Centre attracts many visitors-  mainly mountain bikers, who find the Centre an ideal location to start and end a day of exhilarating riding, because it is located on the trail heads of the White’s Level and Skyline trails.

The café at the visitors centre is presently operated on behalf of The Co-operative under a lease agreement. Although the lease is not immediately due for renewal  we wish to hold discussions with interested parties, in advance of expiry or termination of the present lease, to ensure continuity of service should an alternative operator  be selected at the end of the present lease.

Expressions of interest, including a short biography and a statement of your vision for the café, should be made in writing (emails accepted) to:-

Leigh Acteson
Glyncorrwg Ponds Co-operative
Unit 1, Ynyscorrwg Park
Glyncorrwg
Port Talbot
SA13 3AE
actesonleigh@hotmail.com
Telephone 01639 851900

Closing date for receipt of expressions of interest is Friday 28th March 2008.

Afan Trails

Over the past three years the Glyncorrwg Ponds Co-operative, with the help for Cydcode – Woods for all, Wales Tourist Board and working in partnership with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, and Forest Commission Wales have developed a series of World class mountain bike trails and visitor centre at Glyncorrwg, in the Afan Forest Park. The trails are known as the Wall, White’s level and Skyline.

The newly opened Mountain Bike Centre is ideally located for cyclists wishing to ride two of Wales’ world class mountain bike trail. Facilities include a fully stocked bike shop, campsite, showers, jet wash and a cafe that provides quality food and service.

The Afan Forest Park is rapidly developing as a centre of mountain biking excellence. With over 100km of trails explore, specially designed routes to challenge even the most experienced biker, the Afan Forest Park is the place to be in South Wales. It will take more than a day of off road biking to explore the vast area of forest which surround the Ponds Centre.

The Wall:

Starting at the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre. This 23km trail offers riders some of the best singletrack descents in the UK, varying from fast, open and flowing to tight technical and rooty.

This trail which traverses the north side of the Afan Valley provides riders some outstanding viewpoints, a number of historical locations and objects within the forest.

The approch to the singletrack shares a section of the low level family cycleway and the disused railway line, so please ride with consideration for the many other forest users.

White’s Level

Starting from the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre. This is is the most technical trail of all the trails in Afan Forest Park and is 90% purpose-built singletrack.

A 6km sheep-track climb gives fantastic views of the Afan Valley, extreme exposure on tight singletrack means ultimate thrills and long, demanding descents with rocky steps to negotiate, all leading to one outrageous trail.

If this was a slalom run it would be graded black.

Skyline:

This monster of a trail uses the horseshoe shape of the forest that encircles Glyncorrwg. Ensure you and your equipment are fully prepared for an epic skyline ride.

Sharing the same sheep-track ascent as White’s Level and continuing on long, forest road climbs with sweet, flowing technical singletrack descents you will be treated to stunning, skyline views of the Brecon Beacons, the Preselis, the Black Mountains and South Wales Coast.

Covering 46Km this route will test your stamina and your nerve, with technical singletrack such as sections “On The Edge” and “Excalibur”. Your reward will be out-stretched views and nerve-tingling, rocky, 6km singletrack descent back to the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre. There are also 2 short cut loops built into the trail.

You will experience exposure at altitudes up to 600 meters, and possible extreme weather changes. Again, be prepared.