Sutton Bank Mountain Bike Trails

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Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Sutton Bank, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EH
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The Sutton Bank National Park Centre is six miles (9.5km) east of Thirsk (or 7.5 miles (12km) west of Helmsley) at the top of Sutton Bank on the A170.
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Sutton Bank is a new mountain bike trail centre in Sutton Bank in the North York Moors run by Sutton Bank Bikes. Positioned 1000 feet high this area is already spoiled for choice of natural trails to ride.

It opened in November 2013. There is a skills area, a 4.8km green graded Cliff Trail, a 9km or optional extended 12km Blue Fort Trail and a 27km Paradise Red MTB trail. They pride themselves on having trails with a more natural feel and epic views.

It is the brainchild of the same good folks behind the Dalby Bike Barn (i.e. our friends at Pace Cycles) and was developed by them in partnership with the North York Moors National Park Authority.

Cliff Trail Bike Track (Green)

  • The new 4.8km family friendly bike track takes cyclists through woods and farmland and along Sutton Bank’s cliff edge to the north of the visitor centre and car park. The key to the project is the combining of this new 4.5-kilometre family cycle route that takes cyclists along Sutton Bank cliff with the existing bridleway network. The family trail links into many kilometres of waymarked and managed routes suitable for a wide variety of abilities.

Fort Trail (Blue) 

  • The Fort Trail is a blue graded trail and the first 9.5 km section opened in April 2014. Soon afterwards an optional extension launched taking it to nearly 13 km. It takes in part of the Cliff Trail too

Paradise Trail (Red)

  • This steps it up a gear with a 27km red graded MTB trail that opened in July 2014

Skills Area

  • There’s also a purpose built skills area

Natural Trails 

  • This area has lots to choose from. There are wild rides on the open moor, family friendly trails and technically challenging natural riding. A good site to check out some of the trails is MTB routes which have natural routes around the Sutton Bank area and the wider North York Moors

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  • The work was made possible by North York Moors Apprentices, Rangers, Pace Cycles, Field Staff and Volunteers

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I've done the blue and red trails here. There's a mix of natural and man-made sections. Some nice sections across the top of the bank and decent descents. The climb back ups not right pleasant but all in all a nice ride with good facilities at the centre and great views. There's a lil kiddy skill loop at the centre too which is good toaster the lil ones on

User Review

Good Points
Mixed natural and man made trails
Decent downhill
Great views
Bad Points
The climb back up.
Can get busy around the vc
Would you recommend?
Yes
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3.7
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Great natural feel to trails and no too crowded

User Review

Good Points
Great skills loops
Sections through forest area great.
Good views fromthe top of Sutton Bank
Bad Points
Some sections not very interesting.
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Sutton bank red loop
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Nice loop out onto the local BWs with the odd bit of purpose built trail thrown in. Some good descents through rocky rooty chutes test the nerve in the wet. As said in other reviews it gets very muddy in the wet, prob best avoided at these times.

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Good Points
Good variety of trail on the loop.
Nice to have a xc loop marked up instead of the typical trail centre track.
Good views from the tops
Bad Points
Very muddy when wet.
The last climb back to the top...
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Best in the dry

If you want waymarked trails go to Dalby if ground wet and sutton bank if dry.

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Good Points
Nice for a good natural trail to be waymarked, instead of having to keep pulling out backcountry navigator on my phone. A couple of nice flowing single track sections and a nice steepish technical decent. I've seen it written that the ride contains the best landscape in the country and and this could quite possibly be true.
Bad Points
Best ridden when hard backed as mud can be frustrating in this area when off the trail centre sections. A couple of steep climbs what would have been good in the dry where impossible when riden in November.
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Boring red
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Good Points
A few good downs.
Bad Points
Boring slog from boltby.
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The blue trail here was different to any other trail centre blue i've ever ridden- once off the road there was a nice open feel to it with a heathland theme that you never find at FC trail centres. This means that from the top of the cliffs you can see for many miles on a good-weather day. There were some good descents down the fields which would be best done in a group so that the first rider could hold gates open to keep the flow going.

we found that although there were many arrows to lead the way they aren't necessarily in some of the best spots- especially at the far end where you turn for home, and another we missed in the first crop field, which lead to a modified loop being done. This did not detract from the ride and gave us the chance to see some of the many bridleways that seem to criss-cross this area.

I imagine with local knowledge some interesting descents could be created out of the existing bridleways which look good and steep as they head down the bank. No doubt a more technical route will be created in due course.

The skills loop is a good use of space; you can see that a fair bit of money has been spent to get this place off the ground.

User Review

Good Points
Cracking view
Many weather-roof trails
Cheaper to park than Dalby
Good for children
Bad Points
Few waymarked routes at the moment (but plenty of bridleways to explore)
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