Dalby Forest Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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Dalby Forest
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Dalby Forest can be reached via the A169 Pickering to Whitby road. Look out for the brown tourist signs.
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Dalby Forest mountain bike trail centre is a modern trail centre with green, blue, red and black routes giving something for all abilities.

It also has a neat bike park with jumps and a pump track. The modern visitors centre has a decent cafe and car park.

SingletrAction Volunteer Trail Building Group who work closely with the Forestry Commission to make all this possible. 

Red Route (23 miles, 37km)

  • This is made up of many short ups and downs of single track. There are drops, berms, rock gardens and shore. The trail starts at Dixon's Hollow car park and Low Dalby. The Courtyard where the trail starts is located in the village of Low Dalby one and a half miles from the entrance to the forest.

Black Route (4 miles, 6.5km)

  • This is a World Cup course. It's short but has very steep climbs and-and custom carved also steep technical descents. The black trail starts from Adderstone Field which is approximately 5 miles along Dalby Forest Drive from Dalby Forest Visitor Centre and Shop.

Blue Route (8 miles, 13km)

  • This trail is long but easy to ride on mainly forest roads. Some of the climbs and descents are quite steep. The trail starts at Low Dalby car park. It also includes a couple of easier sections of the red route for rider progression.In 2016 they built two new off-road sections on the blue including a superb descent to finish. In 2017 they opened a new 600-meter section of Blue trail, this is to introduce off-road riding with a fun flowing line that can be ridden at any speed you like. 

Green Route(s)

  • A short couple of green family routes is also here. The 2-mile Ellersway Family Cycle Route or the 6 mile Green cycle route.

Bike Park

  • The bike park at Dixons Hollow with 4X, shore and a pump track. Starts from the same location as the red trail.
  • Phase 1 of the replacement for the old skinnies at Dixons Hollow is complete and open in 2017. Built in partnership between the Forestry Commission and volunteer group SingletrAction, this advanced pump track has large berms, doubles, rock drops and plenty of rollers. The line has been built in memory of Clare Anne Woodall who was the lead volunteer for the SingletrAction Dalby group. Clare had so much passion and time for the trails in Dalby and is greatly missed by us all. 

  • Phase 2 will be on its way later in 2017 which consists of a 100-meter long line of table tops! This feeds in nicely with existing trails to make a loop around Dixons Hollow.

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3.9  (20)
Trail Variety 
 
4.0  (21)
Skills Development 
 
3.9  (21)
Trail Quality  
 
4.1  (21)
Facilities 
 
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Grin Factor
Level of fun had, or to be had
Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
Trail Quality
Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
Facilities
From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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November
Overall rating 
 
2.1
Grin Factor 
 
2.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
1.5
Trail Quality  
 
1.5
Facilities 
 
2.5
Climb too flat, Climb too flat, then some minor rolling downhil, then climb again too flat. very poor.

User Review

Good Points
Good for hill climbing.
Bad Points
Lack of good free rolling down hill sections. forever climbing with no benefit of good down hill sections.
Would you recommend?
No
S
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Dalby forest
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Love this place either with the family for the day or with the lads getting muddy and dirty on the bikes there’s loads to do and see

User Review

Good Points
This place has everything you need from beginners and family bike rides to more extreme black runs the facilities are always clean the staff are always welcoming and noligable and chatty
Bad Points
Went this week and disappointed that the bike shop is closing down and there’s no sign of anybody taking it over just yet , I use to enjoy going in for a chat with the lads before we set off biking
Would you recommend?
Yes
LC
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A bit of something for everyone
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Nearest centre for me and I love nothing more than to pop in for a ride. Loads of different trails and ways to go round. Plenty of cut throughs if you just want a quick hour and don't want to do the full 22 mile red. I've been impressed with the improvements to the blue route. Much more singletrack added which is just fun. The vc is large and well equiped. I'd recommend it to anyone

User Review

Good Points
Plenty of mixed ability trails and able to do bits of each trails in shorter sections.
Good facilities.
Bad Points
Not enough downhill.
Can get very busy in summer.
Would you recommend?
Yes
A
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Great!!!
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Great place for MTB and walks??

User Review

Good Points
Great trials. red and black are perfect for practicing and traning. is so satisfying when you finish red trail less then 3h?
Bad Points
so fare all good. no bad points
Would you recommend?
Yes
A
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Epic
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Overall a good place just need more black routs and more downhill

User Review

Good Points
Awesome place for families and rider dad's alike
Bad Points
Need more black trails as to easy
Would you recommend?
Yes
DL
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Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
In general a great place to ride with awesome facilities and the staff are very helpful

User Review

Good Points
My local trail dalby is a an xc trail but does have a good variety of elements to the trail a great place to ride to gain fitness because of the sheer size of the red trail (23 miles) also there are great facilities at the visitors centre especially after the revamp
Bad Points
There are a few sections of trail that are getting a little tired on the red and maybe there could be a few more technical sections but for a network of trails the size of dalby the forestry commission do a great job maintaining also due to the sandy surfaces on parts of the trail it can be hard on drive trains in wet weather
Would you recommend?
Yes
DM
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Dalby red blue trails
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Love Dalby fresh feeling and varied routes

User Review

Good Points
Mixed terrain
Blue is currently growing and great introduction for newbies
Bad Points
Parts are very lung and thigh busting
Would you recommend?
Yes
A
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Dalby Lincolnshires nearest grin factor
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
If you live in Lincolnshire like us, Dalby is an hour n halfs drive to a real trail centre where you can enjoy a Full day out

User Review

Good Points
Lots of trail surfacing completed in 2016 which was well in need, when dry Dalby red route has around 24 miles of stony/ sandy hardpack with many areas resurfaced with raised hoggin to cope with drainage, also a nice swoopy bermy section of green added near the end of the red to jump onto for fun before the car park.
Bad Points
Bad points only the weather can change like most places, sandy areas turn fast trails to grinding paste eating your drivetrain.
The car park is way to expensive at £8 compared to other parts of the country but at least some of this cost has found its way to forestry commision maintaining the trails now
Would you recommend?
Yes
GD
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boom!
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Superb

User Review

Good Points
Outstanding
Would you recommend?
Yes
D
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Not a great experience
(Updated: October 08, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
0.9
Grin Factor 
 
0.5
Trail Variety 
 
0.5
Skills Development 
 
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Trail Quality  
 
0.5
Facilities 
 
3.5
We asked someone that worked there if a trial was suitable for myself and a partner to have a nice ride in the forest. Nothing to strenuous and something enjoyable. We were advised to go on the green route which we were told wecould  chat while cycling and not very challenging. It was the complete opposite. The signs were terrible and is and lots of other couples were lost. The route was extremely steep at points and mostly single track routes. It would have been good if that's what you wanted but not as we were advised. Many people complained along with us and nothing could be done. An apology but no refund. 

User Review

Good Points
Bikes were very good and nice centre
Bad Points
We asked someone that worked there if a trial was suitable for myself and a partner to have a nice ride in the forest. Nothing to strenuous and something enjoyable. We were advised to go on the green route which we were told we could; chat while cycling and not very challenging. It was the complete opposite. The signs were terrible and is and lots of other couples were lost. The route was extremely steep at points and mostly single track routes. It would have been good if that's what you wanted but not as we were advised. Many people complained along with us and nothing could be done. An apology but no refund.
Would you recommend?
No
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