Wetherby Bike Trails (including the Red Kite Trail)

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Wetherby LS22, UK
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For the Little Toe pump track park in Station Gardens car park (off Linton rd Wetherby LS22 6SD)
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Wetherby MTB trails including the planned 27 mile Red Kite Trails and the Little Toe pump track can be found between Wetherby, Leeds and Harrogate. They come under the banner of the regional volunteer group SingletrAction.

In August 2017 they gained provisional funding and kicked off a consultation for their latest project the Devil's Toenail (see below).

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Red Kite Trail

  • The 27 mile Red Kite Trail which starts from Wetherby and is made up of a series of trails on existing bridleways. The volunteer team aim to waymark and produce a trail map of the whole network to help people explore.

Little Toe Pump Track

  • The Little Toe pump track was complete in April 2017 and can be found in Millenium Field

 Devil's Toenail 

  • In summer 2017 they secured a provisional offer of funding from Sports England for the proposed project on the Devil's Toenail. The area is a wooded triangle between Quarry Hill Lane and the Harland Way (up and left from the marker). They aim to create a free recreation area for the community. As the project name suggests, the main feature would be feature packed bike trails for children, teenagers and adults - think Dalby, Stainburn and Rawcliffe Bar (all SingletrAction projects). However they want as many people as possible to enjoy it, so there are also potential plans for foot access, an outdoor education area for schools and youth groups, exercise equipment (pull up bars, dip bars etc), wood/metal sculptures, features celebrating the nature/History of the site and even an occasional Pop-up Cinema (at appropriate time/volume). Access on foot and bike would be from Quarry Hill Lane (behind St Joseph's) and the Harland Way. Any parking would be directed to Station Gardens car park. They are running a consultation here.

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  • The Red Kite volunteers are part of SingletrAction 

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3 reviews

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Would of had more fun squeezing our lasses spots

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Red Kite - Great (family friendly) trail
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4.5
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4.5

Not too technical, a decent distance, and moderate hills. Family friendly trail.

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Good Points
This is an excellent trail that can be tackled by the whole family. While there are a few minor challenges, a few hills that will get your heart going and mud galore when it's wet, it's also nearly all off road, runs through beautiful countryside and has some decent pub stops (notably Spofforth and Sicklinghall), where you'll find refreshment and food. Because it's in sections, it's also pretty easy to ride it in small chunks, and that is probably the main thing to make it family friendly. We've taken our seven-year-olds from Wetherby to Sicklinghall and back (distance about 17.5 Km) and they were stretched but loved it. This is very much a shared trail, with walkers, mountain bikers and horses and, here and there, farm traffic. That means that it's often not possible to go fast but, as I found when I had a couple of punctures last weekend, it also means there's lots of people to talk to, checking I was okay, had everything I needed, and so on. All in all, this is a great local resource and the people that took the trouble to waymark it have done a great service to their community.
Bad Points
Honestly, these are small issues, but worth knowing about if you haven't done the trail yet. There are a few stretches of lanes, and so children and traffic combinations can be a problem where the lanes can't be avoided. There are a couple of very muddy sections which can reduce even hardened mountain bikers to walking and pushing. And the waymarks can sometimes be hard to spot, so for a first time around the trail, it's often necessary to stop and search when the way forward isn't obvious.
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Great local bike routes on bridleways and pump track for my so
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3.7
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4.0
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4.0
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3.5

Looking for somewhere to go for a gentle ride, or a quick blast, or taking someone new to mtb this is perfect.

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Pump track is brilliant for my son who loves it. I ve rode most of the red route on the bridleways, easy going trails nothing really challenging but great for a easy ride. If you want technical or challenging trails try stainburn or head out to the moors or dales.
Bad Points
As it's on bridleways it isn't a technical trail but it was never described as one.
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Linking bridleways does not make a mountain bike trail
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0.6
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overhyped

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Can ride it on a road bike
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It's not a challenging trail even for total beginners
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