Healey Nab

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Heapey Fold Lane, Healey Nab
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The trails at Healey Nab are best accessed on two wheels from Heapey Fold Lane. The nearest organised parking can be found at Rivington and White Coppice.
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Healey Nab mountain bike trails are in Lancashire close by to Chorley and Preston. The easiest way to get there is via higher house lane, between The White Coppice and Chorley in Lancashire, The Nab is LCC owned and has a short Red and a Black MTB trail.

I Dig Healey Nab group are dedicated to the construction and maintenance of Healey Nab mountain bike trails in conjunction with Lancs CC. 

PMBA who are a regional trail organisation and have helped run dig training at Healey Nab.

Red Trail

  • This is a short loop surrounding a quarry, consisting of rock gardens, berms, small drops etc.

Black Trail

  • The Black trail is short, aggressive, medium drop off's, berms, tight corners, rock gardens.

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3.4
Grin Factor 
 
3.7  (10)
Trail Variety 
 
3.3  (10)
Skills Development 
 
4.2  (10)
Trail Quality  
 
3.6  (10)
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
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Healey Nab
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
Great place all year round

User Review

Good Points
Great local spot, fun trails where you can section and improve.
Bad Points
No real parking spots.
Would you recommend?
Yes
R
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Healey Nab Rocks
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Think that I have said it all above.
If you wantb trail centre, dont go.
If you want a compact selection of Black and Red trials to session for fitness and skills development its a great place. I have spent at least half days and sometimes full days there.

Healey Nab is what you make of it ?

User Review

Good Points
* The black run is All weather and not affected by winter weather very much.
* The black run although short is great to session and improve skills.
* You can mix the trails up, a popular XC bike descent is Red - Black - Red, which gives you a nice flowy trail whilst missing out the rock gardens and drops.
* Although the Red is a short loop you can keep sessioning the loop which is good fun, great for fitness and brilliant for improving technique as you get lots of attempts at the same terrain.
* The trails are maintained by a very dedicated bunch of people so are always in pretty good condition.
* Trails are never too busy and you tend to meet a decent bunch of people there.
* Free parking and no over inflated prices coffee shop on site
Bad Points
* As previously mentioned its not a trail centre.
* The latter part of the Red loop can get boggy during the winter, but I know that the trail builders are looking at that.
* It can be difficult to find initially.
* The Black run push up line is not easy to find from the very bottom, but I'm being picky here.
Would you recommend?
Yes
PW
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Local playground
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
For a community trail its well built and maintained by Scott and his gang. Its on a number of local loops for me and its nice to have some local trail where mountain bikers actually have right of way! Great for adding a bit of blast to a Rivi ride or doing a quick hour sessioning a couple of laps or runs.

I've seen some of debate on here about the jumps etc. at the bottom of the red / black. There are a bit densely packed but i wouldn't describe them as dangerous. The contractors made an awful job of that section in the first stage of build and whats there now is a vast improvement. The bottom of a black is more a playground then a single trail. There's a variety of lines so something for most tastes and worth experimenting rather than just riding through once. If the new option gets to go ahead hopefully it will have a more spaced out feel to add something again different into the small space.

The climb can get a bit gooey in the winter but to be fair there are not any xc riders who show up to dig.

Its a shame plans for similar mini centres in the area didn't get to go ahead due to budget constraints as i think the Nab can largely be viewed as a success story. Don't show up expecting llandegla and you wont be disappointed!

User Review

Good Points
All weather, local priority trail for bikes.
Great for adding to a loop to an xc ride or a quick hour's session doing xc laps or dh push ups.

Bad Points
Dont bother travelling miles unless you are doing a longer ride in the area (or know what your getting).

If it don't know your way round parking, finding it and the actual trails themselves might all be a bit confusing!
J
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Little Gem
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
Well with a ride!

User Review

Good Points
This is my local trail so I will be biased.... but given its mainly volunteer built and maintained its a cracking little place to have some fun on your bike, although short it can be done several times with different life choices as options (red and black) and various other natural routes in and around the forest, plus its not too far from Rivington so great to link up for a longer ride!
Bad Points
It can get quite boggy and wet in places after heavy rain but this can only to be expected given its volunteer maintenance for which they do a cracking job!
Would you recommend?
Yes
M
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Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
It is not a trail centre but links well with many miles of quality off road riding. Good to include in a ride but if you only want to do one lap you will probably be disappointed. Great for multi lap training.
You do need to spend time to get to know the trails. A couple of signposts would help.
Thrash yourself hard for a few continuous laps to get the best out of it.

User Review

Good Points
Can be ridden in all seasons.
Multiple laps develop skills
Lots of trail riding in the area
Good for bike/suspension setup
Bad Points
2 trees I'd like to cut down!
Would you recommend?
Yes
K
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Good for a quick blast
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
0.5
Ok lets get the obvious out of the way, this isn't a "Trail Centre". So don't go here expecting it to be Llandegla with miles of trails and a nice burger at the end.

Having said that, what it is is a great training ground for local riders. It can teach riders how to tackle switchbacks, berms, rock gardens, small drops, north shore and jumps all in a small area.

Treat the place as a spot to session different runs to the bottom trying out all the different lines with a push-up back to the top.

User Review

Good Points
Great twisty red descent and black descent with multiple routes.
Good for a quick local blast.
Possible to link in with other trails in the area for a longer ride (White Coppice, Great Hill, Rivington)
Lots of different trail features in a small space.
Bad Points
Not much parking available.
The trail can be confusing for newcomers.

M
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Disappointed
I visited this trail yesterday but was really disappointed with what i found. Both red and black routes seem to have been spoiled by amateur attempts to create jumps etc. The red route starts off well with what appears to be the original professional built trail with good flow and well established rock features but deteriorates lower down into what i can only describe as a safety concern.
The bottom of the Red opens out into, according to the trail head map, a bridleway, someone (i presume local kids) have built a jump at the side of the slope to the right, with trees in the middle of the landing, get this wrong and you are in trouble, that's if you don't hit a member of the public walking/riding a horse on the bridleway as you need to gain speed for this section due to the badly placed jump.
You then hit a succession of 3 closely placed jumps after the opening which are all too close together to actually jump properly so you need to pick which one you want to jump, I'm not sure who has attempted to build these but they need some training in trail building/safety.
The lower section of red is good and again appears original which brings me onto the black.

I have ridden black sections up and down the country and raced downhill in my younger years but the black at healey nab seems again a amateur hashed attempt to cram as many features as possible into the small area.
I'm not sure if there is a dedicated group maintaining the trail with experience but i doubt it as it seems to have been ruined.

In summary i would advise the council to employ a professional trail building company such as Trailcraft who have done a fantastic job over at the nearby Bickerstaffe cycle track, they could then improve what has got great potential as a Mini trail centre rather than the poor attempt it currently is.

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Would you recommend?
No
DD
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A good trail if you are in the area
(Updated: March 04, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.1
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Certainly not worth a special journey, but if you find yourself riding in the area (Rivington etc ) as I was then its well worth a detour.
For volunteer maintained trails its a good little run though at only a few K's long don't expect a great deal.
As I've said I used it to break up a much longer XC ride in the area and it did that perfectly though I think If I'd made a specific journey to ride just these trails I'd have been very disappointed.
That saying there is some awesome natural riding round the area and by using the good facilities at Rivington and combine Healy Nab with the natural stuff an epic eduro day can be had.

User Review

Good Points
Good little XC trail
Bad Points
No facilities and hard to get to by road i.e. impossible
Would you recommend?
Yes
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My View on Nab. "Honest"
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Healey Nab is a Good trail and is where I started with an XC bike (Kona king Kikapu), Then now I ride mainly Downhill but also ride all other kinds......Nab developed my skills well and now im tearing through trails. But be prepared unless you have a car because me and my mates ride up and its very hard and takes energy so pack well. And you've got distance from the closest bike shop.

User Review

Good Points
-Builds up Important skills from Cornering to more Technical challenges
-Good exercise
-Nice View
-A chance to Throw your opinions to the production of Nab
-Hospital isn't to far away (If you should need it)
-Everyone Is Nice and happy to help each other
-No matter the weather Nab is really fun
-Maintained by a Group called I Dig Healey Nab (https://www.facebook.com/groups/IDigHealeyNab/)
Bad Points
-Hard to get to
-No Facilities. (So take field tools etc.)
-There are occasional problems with Motocross bikes and Chavs (But People tend to intervene)
-The push up is quite annoying and takes abit more energy than what you'd hope for
-If you take a bigger bike like a Downhill bike be ready for a hard journey to ride/walk..unless you have a car or live very close
Would you recommend?
Yes
L
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Healy Nab, YEAH!!
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
OK Folks,

A review of the red route for XC and enduro riders. Really good red loop, do it quick and you will get under 7 minutes. If you race XC or enduro hit the Nab at full gas and I will assure you it will be stunning, superb training to get your skills sharpened and your fitness high. Some people have said that its not technical enough (more technical than any regional XC MTB races), tell you what, go round the loop at full gas and tell me you did not have at least one moment, its tech as %$*& at warp factor!!

I'm at a fairly good level of fitness and skills ability, doing 6 laps or more of the red route non stop is a proper work out in all aspects, the last third of the loop is a climb, defo gets the lungs and legs feeling the burn. It holds up well with the weather and I ride it regular on a training loop to pop into the the nab to do a lap or two. Not a full days dedicated riding to be had but great to pop in and do a few laps. If your into XC racing, get yourself down and do 8-10 laps non stop, easily equivalent to a regional XC race. Love the Nab. Try it at night, double amazing.

User Review

Good Points
As above
Bad Points
None for XC and enduro.
Would you recommend?
Yes
JT
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