Llangwyfan downhill track due to close

Wednesday, October 5, 2005 11.00pm
Issued by the Forestry Commission Wales

Unfortunately, the downhill course in Coed Llangwyfan is set to close in October. Turns out the trail was originally developed without consultation with the Forestry Commission Wales.

The Local Area Manager, Dave Liddy, who is also a mountain-biker, said:

"FCW has worked hard to try and overcome the difficulties, but finally we have decided that we can't accept the course in this location as the potential for accidents is too great."

"There is a public bridleway crossing the middle of the course and it exits on to a second public bridleway at the bottom. Riders have been involved in road traffic accidents on the narrow approach roads. FCW's Civil Engineering team have investigated building an underpass or a bridge as a solution, but the risks cannot be eliminated to the satisfaction of the Highways Authority or FCW."

"We regret the closure of this downhill course but it is the most realistic response to the health and safety problems posed and the potential for serious accidents. We're inviting riders to work with us on developing equally challenging alternative routes at Foel Gasnach, which avoid a conflict with public rights of way."

Any riders interested in developing courses in Clocaenog forest should contact Dave Liddy on 01938 557400 or email him at david.liddy@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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