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Biking in Bridgend County

Yesterday, Wales Online posted this article about Porthcawl Bike Hire, a new bike hire business in Porthcawl offering 'fat bikes' - bicycles with larger, wider tyres that allow the rider to go along the sand and even to the edge of the sea without sinking.

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The bikes allow cyclists to travel from one end of Porthcawl to the other without ever having to go onto the road, and this is the perfect activity for a hot summer's day on the Blue Flag beaches of Porthcawl.

Keep in mind, however, that Bridgend County is a great spot for all types of cycling, not least mountain biking up in the rugged hills of the Bridgend County Valleys.

There are two Darren Fawr Mountain biking trails - the Glengarw trail for intermediate riders and the Gellideg trail for experts. You can actually combine them to create a really challenging trail that's about 6km in total."

Blue trail - named the Glengarw Trail (after the Glengarw Colliery, also known as the Ballarat). This is 3km long and involves a 100m climb.

Black trail - named the Gellideg Trail (after the largest coal seam in the Ocean Colliery) This is 3.2km long and involves a 200m climb.

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