Distance: 5.5 km
Time: 0.5 - 2 hrs

A truly all-weather and all-ability trail, the Rookie is an ideal introduction for riders looking to sample the enjoyment of off-road cycling. Its short length, gradual inclines and swoopy fun descents make it suitable for young children, beginners and older mountain bikers alike.

The trail is also wide enough to cater for disabled riders on adaptive mountain bikes; a positive step forward for making the sport of mountain biking more accessible to all.

The trail takes in some pleasant riverside scenery typical of the Afan Forest Park and includes some pleasant picnic areas along the way so if the weather's nice, don't forget to pack your sandwiches!

There is a skills area half way along the trail which includes some small rocks and a boardwalk section which makes a fun addition.

The Rookie trail is rideable on any decent quality mountain bike or hybrid. Your equipment won't need to withstand the punishment dished out by the red or black trails so an expensive bike is definitely not necessary. A helmet is recommended.

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