Stainburn MTB

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B6451, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3, United Kingdom
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Norwood Edge car park is on the side of the B6451. From the A59 take the B6451 towards Otley. Pass through Bland Hill and the car park is 2km further on your right.
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Stainburn mountain bike trails are in the west of Stainburn Forest on the edge of Nidderdale, close to Harrogate and Otley in North Yorkshire.

Stainburn has two short reds. The Black is shut (as at Feb 2018) and will be for some time as it is having a complete rehaul. There is also the Norwood Edge natural trails. 

These MTB trails may be short but they were designed to be ridden more than once, given the technical nature of Stainburn. They are all cared for and managed by the SingletrAction volunteer group.

Red Trail

  • The Red graded trail is a 2 km single-track loop. It is full of rocky boulders and berms and on the return leg there is a log ride and selection of skinnies to test your balance. 

The Descent Line (Red)

  • The Descent Line is a 1 km Red graded trail. This has a great descent, drops, a mixture of flat and bermed corners and a big rock that you can roll down.

Warren Boulder Trail (Black) - CLOSED for Renovation and Rebuild - as at February 2018

  • The Warren Boulder trail is a 4km long graded Black track. It has narrow single-track, a Slab early on (a bit if a qualifier) and steep climbs and descents. It is very rocky in places (the name gives it away really), is littered with technical obstacles and also dotted with some technical north shore.  I've heard folk referring to it as addictive, technical and tough. Some of the famed sections are The Slab, Hovis Corner, Cascade and The Coal Chute.

Pump Track

  • The new Pump Track started construction in Jan 2017

The Norwood Edge Trails

  • The Norwood Edge trails are natural XC trails and the main trail is meant to be ridden clockwise. To get to them you cross the road from the car park, through the gate and turn left (following the yellow marks)

MTB Groups and Clubs

  • SingletrAction Stainburn Trail Crew Facebook Group. SingletrAction Volunteer Mountain Bike Trailbuildersworking with the Forestry Commission make this all happen. Please don't do any unofficial trail building. Also, join these folk and support them as your membership fee goes straight back into trails

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Stainburn Short and sweet.
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4.3
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
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5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
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1.0
I see there haven't been any recent reviews for Stainburn.
The description above is pretty accurate apart from the bit about the pump track. It's still awaiting attention so I wouldn't recommend a visit if that's your carrot.
It was recommended to me about 3 years ago by a guy at our LBS and I've been hooked ever since. The big attraction for me is that the main trails are rideable all year round. The flip side to this is: the red trails are rideable all year round because large parts of them are surfaced with gritstone. If you don't like rocks you may not be too keen.
Because of the terrain and the size of the place, the trails are pretty much just up, down repeat. But you could session/learn them all day to develope your riding and there's zero "boring fire Road". The climbs are technical, including black options, and will develope your climbing skills as well.
As an indicator of how well regarded the place is, I know for a fact the guys from Jungle/Stif are regulars there and you could well bump into guys from Hope from time to time as well.
The black trail is a technical rock fest and not for the faint hearted but many people claim to like it.
A lap round the XC loop over the road would extend your stay but be prepared for some gloop when it's wet and maybe do a bit of research before you get there so you know where you're aiming as signage is not the best.
I've just checked my Strava and I've been 23 times in 3 years. Suits me ?

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Good Points
Variety of trails.
All the main trails are almost weatherproof. ie armoured surface, almost no mud all year round.
Longer XC trail over the road
Pretty quiet
Bad Points
No facilities. (Be prepared).
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Overall rating 
 
3.9
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4.0
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3.5
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4.5
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Stainburn for the win...

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The Stainburn trails are great fun and give you no choice but to imprive your skills. Very addictive short trails you can session all day long and build skills fast. Also as it's little known it is usually fairly quiet with no queues or braking bumps.
Bad Points
No fascilities as this is not a trail centre.
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Yes
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4.0
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5.0
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awesome little runs well maintained .if you don't like the ups then defo recommend coming here ..

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Good Points
nice maintained little runs. no massive climbs ,as hard or easy as you want to push your self
Bad Points
there a black and white sharp bend sing concealing the car-park/trail entrance sign .get a bit lost on the black ,could do with a few more direction arrows.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.9
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4.0
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3.5
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User Review

Good Points
For a beginner there is everything there to progress, it has a variety of trails for everyone. I spent most weekends there a s child and I loved it! The downhill sections are fun and techy.
Bad Points
Could have some more tech in there and a full length proper downhill track
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Stop by if your passing Stainburn
(Updated: February 28, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.8
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4.5
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3.5
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4.0
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4.5
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If you have a couple of spare hours and your nearby then go for sure. Its a cracking place, bit short but superb trail.

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Good Points
Top Quality - great for sessioning
Bad Points
bit short, you wont get bored of the downhill lines, you will bore of the ride back to the top.
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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