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Sarn Loop via Bwlch and Careau Cycle Route

Wales > Bridgend > Sarn
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameSarn Loop via Bwlch and Careau
Distance : miles (km)26.7  (42.97)
Posted Byrudihick
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationNear Sarn Railway Station, Heol y Bont
End LocationNear Sarn Railway Station, Heol y Bont
Cycle Steps
This route is rated has an average 5 for a mountain bike, due to the flat and downhill sections at start and end of circuit.

This route also can be used by any other pedal bike.

From Sarn to Nant-y-moel the route is 7-8 miles of flat track, which is a section of the route 4 cycle track. This section is rated at about 2 difficulty because of the distance and flat ground. Should take between 30 mins to 1 hour.

The route 4 ends at Commercial Street where there is a set of steps, near Howell St. This set of steps leads to Station Rd where there is a difficult small hill climb to Bwlch-y-Clawdd Rd(A4061). Rated at 7. Saps energy from legs.

At this point there is a slight hill climb up to the top of the Bwlch for around about 2-3 miles. Rated as 5 due to hill climb, before and on track. 15-40 minutes.

Total Distance 10-11 miles at top of Bwlch.

At peak of the Bwlch turn left on to the A4107 to Abergwynfi. This is a 1mile long flat to 5 mile downhill section to Croeserw. This section is rated as 1 and should take 5-10 mins to complete.

Turn at Coronation Avenue and climb a difficult, half mile, hill to Maesteg Rd(A4603), via Eastern Avenue. Rated as 7. 10-15 mins

At the A4063 to Caerau there is another 9 mile downhill section to Tondu. Rated 1 and should take 20-30 mins.

At tondu turn onto A4065 Bryn Rd towards Heol-yr-ysgol and turn right back toward the circuit start. 1 mile . 10mins
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Section 1 Sarn/Nant-y-moel
Land marks: River Ogmore
If you feel like a refreshment there are pubs at: Nant-y-moel: Nant-y-moel Hotel
Ogmore Vale: Wyndham Arms, Corbett Arms.

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Your comments?
posted by:AxleukRating : difficult :
Quote - 'At the A4063 to Caerau there is another 9 mile downhill section to Tondu. Rated 1 and should take 20-30 mins.'

This is a little misleading. I did this route with a mountain bike and whilst the majority of this section is downhill it is not ALL downhill.

There are sections where you have to climb because the speed on all bikes is not sufficient to push you up. It should also be mentioned that beginners may experience pain in the palms of the hands if your only grip option is standard handle bars (even with gloves) when reaching this part of the route so take it easy with your speed to be safe.

Other than my comments this was a fantastic ride but it was a beastie.

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