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Tamar Valley, West Devon, PL19 8JN
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Gawton Gravity Hub is located just off the B3257 Gulworthy to Bere Alston road. From Tavistock take the A390 towards Gunnislake. At the Gulworthy roundabout turn left onto the B3257 towards Bere Alston. Follow the B3257 for approximately 2 miles, passed two right-hand turns signposted 'Morwellham Quay'. At the end of 'mile level' as the road bends to the left, take the dirt track on the right-hand side. Gawton Gravity Hub car park is 100m down this dirt track.
For Tavi Woods use postcode PL19 8PB. google link here https://www.google.com/maps?q=Tavistock+PL19+8PB&ftid=0x486c8ba2aa2a0743:0xafd108210b1a6f02&hl=en&gl=gb&shorturl=1
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Gawton Gravity Hub and Tavi-Woodlands downhill mountain biking tracks are two specific bases run by the volunteer club Gawton Gravity Hub (previously known as Woodland Riders). Both MTB downhill bases are in the South West of England, near Tavistock, West Devon. 

These trails offer over 500ft of descent. There are five - six tracks incorporating a range of reds up to black graded trails and the terrain is a mixture of flowing single track to root laden, rocky, steep and technical descent. The uplift is run by Fly Up Downhill. In April 2016 they opened the Rattler (Track 5) a new jump line and a neat pump track. In March 2017 they launched Mega Tavi a new steep downhill line. 

Both the riding areas are on private land which is leased from the Landowners and so, as a result, you must be a member to ride at either location. The club is affiliated to, and insured by, British Cycling. 

HSD Red Track

  • The HSD track is graded red, is one mile long and has a vertical drop of 440 feet. It's the most popular downhill track here and has a selection of multi-hit lines that are flowing. It's popular with all ability levels and is a good downhill trail for the beginner downhiller. 

Proper Job Double Red Track

  • The Proper Job double red graded track is a recently completed trail. It is 0.8 miles long and has 450 feet of vertical drop for you to play with.  It's feature intensive and has big berms and steep descents. 

Super Tavi Black Track

  • The Super Tavi track is graded black and is an extreme track. It is 0.7 miles long and has 500 feet of vertical drop.

Mega Tavi

  • New steep downhill line (starts off on Super Tavi) and cuts off before the second road gap. Allegedly, the steepest trail in England.

Egypt Double Black Track

  • The Egypt double black graded track is 0.5 miles in length and has 380 feet of vertical drop. It has a reputation for being one of the hardest tracks in the UK. The terrain is rooty, steep and rocky.

The Rattler (Jump 5)

  • A jump line that joins into Super Tavi.

Valhalla (Black) - Under Construction

  • Planned for Mar 2018

Rooty Rutz (Red) - Under Construction

  • Planned for Mar 2018

Pump Track

  • There is also a progressive pump track on the site now.

Tavi-Woods

  • Tavi-Woodlands has a load of variety and the tracks all kind of intermingle in a good way giving you endless choices. The best bit is every level of rider is catered for. These are the reasons the area is so special to riders. Some of the famed track names are Wooded, Corkscrew, Kris, Krash, Gnarkill, Joblot, Man, Scotsman and The Tamar Trail. 
  • There is also a new, flowy jump line called "Avalanche" now at Tavi woods.

Membership and Day Passes

  • You must be able to provide proof of Membership/day membership at all times when at Gawton Gravity Hub or Tavi-Woodlands. Membership and day passes along with further information can be obtained from the website at www.gawtongravityhub.co.uk
  • If you need to purchase a day pass to ride at Gawton or Woodland's, these are the options:

    1. Purchase one online, link below: This is the easiest option and do print it out. This print-out acts as your parking ticket if you don't want to pay for parking at Gawton. If it's not displayed then you can receive a parking fine from the council as it's there car park & yes they do come every day, twice a day to check cars. http://www.gawtongravityhub.co.uk/member…/daypass-online.php

    2. Purchase in person from the hut at around 11.30 onward from Carol, only on Saturday and Sunday.

    3. Purchase in person from RockinBikes:
    Unit 7+8, Harrowbeer Mews
    Yelverton
    PL20 6AD
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Phone: 01822 258022

    4. Purchase in person from Red Brick Cycles:
    New Victoria House
    Weston Park Rd
    Plymouth
    PL3 4NU
    Phone: 01752 603526
    email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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4.7
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4.9  (26)
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4.6  (26)
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4.7  (26)
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Trail Variety
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Tracks upgraded
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Don’t just ride Gawton go over to Tavi woods an shred. Love this place

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Good Points
Over the two sites there’s everything you need to develop your skills. Everyone you meet are more than happy to help you out if your struggling with something. Really friendly place to ride and the winter series is such a fun event. An always the chance a seeing a deer. With the digging that’s going on over the two sites next season should be amazing.
Bad Points
Bins could do with being emptied a bit more that’s about it.
Would you recommend?
Yes
M
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Proper BO
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5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
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5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
I don't like committes..

User Review

Good Points
As the star ratings describe, superb venue for every level of rider. Chaz the guy you always see there doing stuff great bloke a serious credit to the venue. There are a couple of others but I don't know them too well.

Push up is no trouble if needed, tracks are brilliant awesome in the really wet weather too.. A real all weather site.. Can't reccomended it enough.. I would happily pay double for membership..
Bad Points
Need all the committee members to attend the site when members are riding, get feedback face to face rather than Fb page.. Only ever see Chaz, Andy down there.
You say anything on the Fb page it gets blown out of context and achieves nothing..
Would you recommend?
Yes
M
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Gravity Gravity Hub
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4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Love this place!

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Good Points
This place is just Lovely.
It never feels too busy except on a sell out race day!
It's a lovely mix of natural and sculpted trails maximising the terrain. I'm not a good rider but still have great fun on the easier 2 trails and would be happy to spend all day there.Its a great place to progress. I've never felt out of place there despite my riding being on the less rad end of spectrum. Everyone is always friendly.Has an uplift!
Bad Points
Basic facilities but has a toilet.
What more could you want.
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Yes
P
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Gawton
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4.2
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Top place. My first haunt. Great camp sites nearby with friendly pubs.

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Good Points
Fun rain or shine.

Easy walk up.

Progressive trails.

Well kept.
Bad Points
More trails would be good. Longer flowly would be nice.

Would you recommend?
Yes
MJ
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Stop thinking start living
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4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
A great place to ride. Whether starting out, developing your skills or just to shred and get loose!

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Good Points
Between the two sites Tavi and gawton have it all, fast and flowy to steep and technical as well as jumps and the pump track. To think it's all run by volunteers for only £40 a year is insane. The place is a must visit for all downhill mountain bikers. Woodlands is better suited if you are just starting, but still has so much variety in tracks that even the pros could have fun here. Gawtons HSD is its easiest track, but don't be fooled by it's red rating, I'm yet to find a red track like it. Overall an awesome place. Whether starting out, developing your skills or just to shred and get loose!
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Yes
TC
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Lovin' it.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Love it - going to make even more use of it this year.

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Good Points
Awesome variety of tracks. I'm glad all abilities are made so welcome since I'm an oldie just starting out really but I get huge smiles out of doing those tracks I can on my hardtail - this year hopefully sees me finally getting my DH bike sorted and I will definitely be taking advantage of some of the booked training sessions put on at the tracks to be able to then take on the more technical stuff that I can't do just yet. A fantastic day out whether you are riding it or coming along for the occasional race events that attract some real talent. Absolutely brilliant to see the amount of mixing that goes on at the race events and normal day rides - all ages from young to 'vintage' and male and female. Hats off & real big thanks to the guys who give up their time to keep the tracks in good nick with a continuation of new tracks coming through (me and my kids love the new pump track!). Definitely recommend.
Bad Points
None that I can think of really although it ticks me off that there are a few plonkers who need to take their rubbish home instead of leaving it to the locals to do. HSD track ok for confidant starters but I need to work out if there is something more intermediate at Gawton or to stick with Tavi Woodlands where there is probably a more even mix. Last, the price is so ridiculously good, can there really still be any cheetin tight-wads who aren't paying properly for entrance ?
Would you recommend?
Yes
JM
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A must for any self respecting biker
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
One of my all time favourite riding spots...

User Review

Good Points
If you love tech this place is it. Some proper steep technical trails but also some fast flowy fun thrown in. Push up is possible at Gawton but if you looking for loads of fun, quick rotations and easy push up Tavi woods is a blast.
Bad Points
Not ideal for beginners, although Tavi woods is better on that front.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Swiss Army knife of mtb trail centres.
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Get on yer bike n ride.......

User Review

Good Points
Perfect for beginner to advanced riders, always getting developed and maintained. Great atmosphere. Push up isn't too bad if you are not using uplift, even better if you are in touch with your feminine side and have an electric up hill bike.. Wet weather doesn't affect the trails... Cafe pretty good unless real busy.... So bring pack up just in case. Can't rate this place high enough got me buzzing and back into mtb after 9 years away due to injury. Chaz and his team are a credit to the sport..
Bad Points
Road into the carpark is in bad need of repair, but the responsibility of local highways not the club. Carpark could do with making bigger but I bet Chaz is already onto it.. James on the up lift run by fly-up downhill needs to take shorter lunch breaks.. He a lazy shite.. Come on James we are waiting..... ?

Final bad point is I'm too unskilled to ride the exiting tracks like the Rattler.. My bad..
Would you recommend?
Yes
MF
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Sweet days riding!
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5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Gawton gravity hub is an amazing place to ride and for just £40 a year its well worth it with such a variety of tracks from a very fast flowing hsd and a fast and fun proper job which is great for beginners/amateurs and if u wanna step up the game a bit you can take on supertavi and Egypt which consists of rocks,roots,tight berms and drops all over a very steep gradient which can be quite hairy (not for the faint hearted) you can also ride the rattler a selection of tables and jumps and a road gap into a lovely fast berm which will have you smiling all the way to the bottom! Last but not least the all new track megatavi!!! I can't comment on this as I haven't ridden it yet but all I can say is I've heard it is Steep!!!!!!
Get yourselfs down to gawton guys and enjoy!

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Good Points
Uplift service
Trails
Friendly people (riders and staff)
Bacon sarnies from the Hut
Bad Points
No bad points
Would you recommend?
Yes
DP
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Gawton is rad!!!
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Just ride it and love it!!!

User Review

Good Points
Awesome one trip got me hooked on downhill now go every weekend and love it great bunch of rider's really made me welcome the tracks are great best place I've rode
Bad Points
No bad points the place is awesome!
Would you recommend?
Yes
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