Clayton Vale MTB Trails

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Trail Variety
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Awesome trails for the location
(Updated: April 16, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
I spend a lot of mtb time in and around the Peak District but when it gets really soggy I Have driven out and spent up to 3 hours riding the trails on several occasions, it can get little monotonous after a while but for purpose built mtb riding so close to a city centre there isn't much better , trails are tame if compared to others but can still be challenging at high speed if you're prepared to put a bit effort in.

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Good Points
Quality all weather trails utilising the location very well, short n steep ish climbs then into very fun twisty descents making excellent use of what little elevation is available.
Located right by the national cycling centre which has a cafe toilets and a bike shop on site.
Bad Points
scallywags and dog walkers (not that bad really don't let it put you off)
Would you recommend?
Yes
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XC ride
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Epic

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Good Points
Good looking trails
Bad Points
No loo roll
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

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Good Points
Free carpark at velodrome or arches. Very good for killing an hour after work. Great for beginners.
Bad Points
Rough area so be careful that's the only bad point
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Fun day out for the family?
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Can't speak highly enough of the day me and the man-child have had today. Been promising him a trip to Manchester and to ride the "new" mtb trail they have running from the velodrome/BMX. Not a promising start to the day as very wet and windy with the promise of more to come! Plus he was still tired from yesterday and Saturdays exertions and a bit croaky from a dodgy throat and chest!
Anyway after a dodgy start trying to find the entrance to the trail, we were off via a BMX pump track which he thoroughly enjoyed. I believe that the trail has been funded/prepared by British Cycling on existing routes through Clayton Vale that have been used by cyclists & dog walkers & runners et al for generations. What they seem to have done is to put down a hard surface but incorporated lots of berms and rollers. Guess it sounds a bit similar to Hicks Lodge but this is very different. The trail winds it's way through, down, around and up the mature trees with barely a flat stretch. And many of these were not gentle ups and downs but had considerable gradients with tight bends.
There are 5 different grades of trail to ride from easy to what they term as being only for 'proper' mtb and experienced skilled riders. Despite his protestations about not being able to do the black route, I think we covered every inch of the park including the difficult red sections. Once we were committed to the trail there was very little opportunity, if any, to take a chicken route. His poise, confidence and skill were several notches above mine. I had to ask him to sit on many of the descents to provide him with more traction, however he usually ignored me and negotiated the trails with plenty of aplomb. The climbs probably were a bit trickier because of their steepness, tightness and just plain old slippy but if he couldn't ride, he pushed and didn't moan! Impressed was I.
There was barely a soft spot but the track was coated with fine wet mud throughout which left us covered. On return to the start point, we were able to hose the bikes down before hitting the hot showers and getting ourselves warm and dry.
Is it a family day out? Only just. Not as easy as Hicks Lodge to both ride and to walk around though that is possible. You do need a level of confidence and skill to attempt some of the descents especially because as I said, in some places once you are committed, there was only one way out and that wasn't an easy walk. An amount of fitness helps too because of the climbing required but also the control needed on the descents. Having said that, it would be possible to remain on the easier tracks for those that didn't feel able to attempt the harder sections and meet up at different points.
Izaak thoroughly enjoyed the trip especially the more challenging and technical it became. We rode about 12km in total plus another 4 or so because of faffing around.
Are we going again? Definitely. You coming along as well?

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Good Points
Fun factor, facilities at the end to get clean, warm and dry, both bike and self
Bad Points
Poor signposting at start to find location, not convinced suitable for all kids, but I'm not best qualified to comment on that
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Clayton Vale Trails
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
I loved this place it suited my requirements so accurately if felt like it was made for me, honestly recommend to newbies as well as more seasoned pros, will be introducing my riding buddies to this shortly

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Good Points
Very well maintained trails, fun and quick
Bad Points
little bit variety, but taking into account the amount of space they have done it in this is a rather minor issue
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Best MTB trails in Manchester
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
I have now attended the Clayton Vale MTB trails on 2 occasions, both within the last 3 weeks... And I plan to go again very soon! If you live in or near Manchester these are by far the best trails you could ride in the area. There is something here to suit everyone's ability and skill level, and unless you are after an epic cross country or downhill outing, there is much fun to be had. One of the advantages in my opinion of shorter trails is that you can simply 'nip' round for an hour or 2 without having to commit a full day to the cause. Although we'd all probably like to spend all day every day in the saddle, neither my bottom nor my wife is keen on the idea!
On my first outing I took my 7 year old son, who has only been riding a proper bike since last Christmas and although the prospect of riding the easy trail (light blue) didn't really excite me, I was looking forward to giving him his first taste of trail riding. However after spending the first few minutes riding along a paved section through the park I was starting to wonder why I had bothered to drive 25 mins across Manchester when I could have stuck to the scenic, but flat canal paths of Worsley area. But, 10 minutes in and I was very pleased and pleasantly surprised to see a little light blue arrow pointing right into the trees. This was effectively where it started getting interesting. We left the concrete for a narrow dirt path gently climbing through the trees and from then on it became a real off road trail. Despite keeping to the pace of a 7 year old, and having to occasionally help him along in the uphill sections, I really enjoyed myself, and so did my son. So much so that we went round a second time, this time stopping for a go on the zip wire which seems to be plonked in the middle of nowhere half way round the trail. Although it was a good session it was hardly a workout for me and I was itching to get stuck in to some of the other trails. Hence my second visit 2 weeks later, this time with a friend who had just invested in a half decent MTB. Neither of us ride to a particularly high standard, mostly due to lack of fitness and not so much because of technical inabilities. This time we headed for the dark blue trail which I was glad to see, starts off in the woods pretty much from the word go. Although there are no really technically challenging parts on this trail, a combination of sinuous uphill sections followed by fast downhills with berms and bumps made it a really fun experience. It was certainly enough to get the legs burning and the heart pumping. We managed to squeeze in part if the red trail but sadly due to lack of time had to cut it short. I look forward to part 3 very soon…
All in all, it is a great place to ride, regardless of level or age. For the novice it is perfect to gain experience and learn new skills, for the more experienced rider it is ideal to build up fitness and confidence, all that with a massive grin on your face! The bike wash is handy and probably a must for those who like me carry their bikes inside the car. It is not obvious to find though and at the time of writing this didn’t look like it was sign posted. Look out for a small brick wall at the side of Evans cycle shop, the washer is just behind it, and have a £1 coin at hand.
If you are reading this review and haven't yet been to test the trails, then what are you waiting for!? You can even get a pint of Stella in the café if the riding alone doesn’t do it for you.

User Review

Good Points
Good selection of trails, close to Manchester city centre
Bad Points
Too close to Man City's ground if you're a Red!
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Adrenaline all the way at clayton
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Very well maintained ,good for all types of riders from beginners to experienced ,loads of fun !

User Review

Good Points
Choice of trails ,cleans and tidy ,seems to be well looked after ,good atmosphere
Bad Points
Cafe doesn't do bacon butties .
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Yes
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