Macclesfield Forest

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A good place for beginners and a great place for the more experienced riders to base themselves for a Peak District adventure.

Whilst not the biggest forest it has lots of natural trails that run through the forest and then join up with Bridleways that run over the moors on the edge of the Peak District.

By using the forest as a base you can plan short,long or epic adventures out into the edge of the peaks.

Good facilities at the forest centre including a small cafe,check out website for directions.

There is some epic riding in this area with some cracking descents but be warned cracking descents are preceded by big climbs.

Have a look on the web to find lots of routes that start from the forest and then take in some classic rides such as 'charity Lane',Bottom of the oven' and Cumberland Brook'

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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
2.9
Grin Factor 
 
3.3  (2)
Trail Variety 
 
3.3  (2)
Skills Development 
 
2.5  (2)
Trail Quality  
 
3.0  (2)
Facilities 
 
1.8  (2)
Macc Forest DH
Overall rating 
 
3.1
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
2.5
Facilities 
 
2.0

Mad, techy DH with a few big features scattered throughout.

If you like "flowy trails" then this is not the place for you.

Convenient and local to macc. Very very beautiful views at the very top!

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Good Points
If you like rough and rutty downhill with off camber roots and awkwardly positioned holes in the ground then this is the place for you.
I wont lie, there's no flow at all. But it's quite a rewarding place to ride because when you get to the bottom in one piece, you realise it was pretty fun!
There's a few big features up the top which are chained off for most of the time but they look like they're fun to hit!
If you're into raw DH then this is an ideal place.
Bad Points
The push up is a bit of a slog and after 3 or 4 up and downs, I'm normally knackered.
The trails dont appear to get much attention from the shovel but I'm not going to complain about it because the guys who built the trails in the first place have made the effort to give locals a place to ride. It's not a very busy place so I dont think there's much demand for regular upkeep anyway.
Would you recommend?
Yes
DW
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Its not a forest!
Overall rating 
 
2.6
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
1.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
1.5

I did the loop most people to - good article on singletrack mag here (no need to be a subscriber)
http://singletrackworld.com/2012/10/singletrack-issue-77-extras-macclesfield-forest-route-guide/

Not very foresty but it was nice natural ride, i was assured the views are great when not foggy. We finished by coming down the DH lines rather than the mapped trail for a bit of extra fun.

Passed a very picturesque waterfall about half way round - will upload a pic.

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Good Points
Great views (I'm told, it was foggy when I went)
Good bridleway riding
Bad Points
Bit of a slog
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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