Mabie Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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Address
Mabie Forest, DG2 8HB
Directions
Mabie forest lies just of the A710 around 6.5km south of Dumfries. The trailhead and bike shop are close by the parking facilities at Mabie House.
Map Co-ordinates
NX950709
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Mabie mountain bike centre is just a few miles South of Dumfries in Mabie Forest in the South West of Scotland. It's a well catered for centre with a cafe, bike hire and a shop (not always open) on site and most importantly it has trails for all levels.

They have a Green, Blue, Red and an Orange graded Bike Park.

Mabie is part of the 7stanes network.

Big Views Loop (Green)

  • The Big Views Loop trail is a green-graded, 8Km long track that is a respectable 30% single-track and takes about 1 - 2 hrs to complete. Mainly on forest road it keeps to the shallowest gradients in the forest. 

Woodhead Loop (Blue)

  • The Woodhead Loop is a blue graded moderate 10km trail consisting of 25% single-track and takes about 1-2 hours to nail. This has some steeper climbs with a long easy descent as the reward. 

Phoenix Trail (Red)

  • The Phoenix is a 19km red graded trail consisting of 80% single-track and taking 1-2 hours to ride. This is a mix of natural and hand carved terrain. Rocky steep climbs, fast flowing descents with jumps, roots, more rock sections, switchback climbs, rocky descents, drop off's, berms and sections of North Shore. Sounds great.

Dark Side Bike Park (Orange)

  • The Dark Side is an orange 3.8km bike park. It consists mainly of narrow elevated wooden "North Shore" sections with some granite thrown in for good measure. Walk it first would be the advice. It features off-camber step-ups, drop-offs, skinnies, gap jumps and rock features. It ranges from 60cm at its widest point to a scary 10cm. It climbs to 1m above the ground, and takes you through a gap jump at 4ft wide and an elevation of 7ft.

 Lochbank Loop (Purple)

  • The Lochbank Loop is a purple graded 23km long with no singletrack and takes around 1.5 to 3.5 hours to ride. It is made up of public and forest road. 

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Final bit of The Ridge
End of butter hole climb

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3.9
Grin Factor 
 
3.9  (11)
Trail Variety 
 
3.8  (11)
Skills Development 
 
3.9  (11)
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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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Maybe Mabie
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Have ridden parts of the blue and red.
Night riding here is great - fond memories of lighting up on contour climb.

User Review

Good Points
Great Skills area
Toilets
Play park
Bad Points
Not a lot of single track on the blue.
Would you recommend?
Yes
Final bit of The Ridge
End of butter hole climb
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Mabie Red Run
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Great day out in November, brilliant weather all be it it cold.  Excellent trails well marked, laid out and challenging.  I was told that there would be a lot of fire road this was not the case on the Red, brilliant. I would consider myself a beginner/intermediate and this certainly helped my skills and confidence.

User Review

Good Points
<div>Great climbs and fast interesting downhill.&nbsp; Limited fire roads mostly single track&nbsp; Trails in great condition</div>
Bad Points
<div><br />Got slightly confused at the end with numbers on&nbsp;trail markers but this was more the&nbsp;stupidity of myself and friend.</div>
Would you recommend?
Yes
G
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Mabie Red run
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Had a good evenings ride here while away on holiday. Good first climb & a decent descent which maybe worth a few goes to get the speed right up. Liked the singletrack climbs and the section called descender bender and the one after (drop to the river) were fantastic. Flowy, fast berms with plenty of little rollers to pop off. I felt it meandered a bit after this but there were a few good sections to finish.

User Review

Good Points
Fast descents, rocky climbs, a few tricky rooty sections & good facilities for the minis
Bad Points
Felt like it meandered a bit in the middle of the red trail. Last descent was not as good as others e.g descender bender
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Mabie 2015 Local perpective
(Updated: June 06, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
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User Review

Good Points
As has been mentioned in earlier reviews Mabie Red is not the hardest trail centre you will do but it does have some rewarding downhill sections especially The Ridge, Decender Bender 1&2, Stans Pond and the Elevator Rock Garden. I enjoy a bit of climbing so don't mind the climbs required for maximum enjoyment going down. The blue is an easy ride on mainly fire roads. However, the blue climb does offer a challenge to a beginner.

Winter night riding is much more rewarding as the walkers paths are available. Some of the sections here are excellent and allow for a real mixture of riding. There are also lots of natural trials that have been developed by the locals which do offer variation but these are not marked anywhere so local knowledge is required. Mabie forest is far more extensive than the bit at the trail centre. There is a link road down at Lochaber Loch which gives access to another part of the wood. There are lots of natural trails down there especially at Troston Hill and Waterloo Tower. So if you are there for the day do the red in the morning and do a bit of exploration in the afternoon.

Mabie House Hotel offers good food and drink.
Bad Points
The darkside is permanently closed so don't bother with that. Also the 'Shed' cafe/bikeshop is closed except for a few weeks in the summer holidays. Not sure if you can even hire a bike nowadays.
Would you recommend?
Yes
C
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Good family trails
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
The red trail at Mabie benefits from one of the most fun sections in the whole of the 7 Stanes- Descender Bender, a great flowing section in three parts with many berms and jumps. The final traverse/descent is good but beware the Bad Step.

The route is mostly less technical than the other Stanes and the surroundings are slightly different being mainly in broadleaf woodland rather than conifers- i guess it could get a bit slippery with fallen leaves around. If done at a good speed with minimal rest stops the trail has good flow and fireroad is kept to a minimum.

The blue trail is easy enough to ride for beginners but has no real fun sections- the singletrack is quite short and doesnt make up enough of the route.

User Review

Good Points
Variety of trail grades
decent length of route
nicer forest than other trail centres
Bad Points
Blue lacking in fun sections
Would you recommend?
Yes
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mabie...definitely
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
rode here last year and enjoyed the ride even though it didnt throw anything at you to challenging, one of those places that is perfect for the rider who is just getting into red routes as opposed to the seasoned trail shredder! that being said i would recommend anyone to ride it as there is certainly alot of fun to be had here

User Review

Good Points
smooth flowing
good red and freeride park
Bad Points
a bit more technical stuff needed
Would you recommend?
Yes
B
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Mabie, mabie not
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
Recently redone parts of the red trail, a lot nicer to ride
The red has a nice variety of track from smooth flowing berms and jumps to some decent rocky and footy sections as well
The cafe is great with really friendly staff
The 4x is a good laugh for a couple hours of messing around as well
Bad Points
The orange (kona dark side) is closed pretty much permanently and no not in good repair, although The Race Track is still okay but it's a very long way from any of the normal trail
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Decent
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Only really a couple of stand-out bits on the red route, its good but not excellent. Descender Bender is generally pretty good but the new makeover it got last year feels a bit too artificial I think it is The Elevator that is particularly good and the last wee bits of descent. The Northshore stuff has always been wet or otherwise closed when I have been there but I would love to give it a shot at some point.

User Review

Good Points
Great skills and freeride park and mini 4X is good fun
Decent red route
Always a good day out
Bad Points
Wish there was a bit more for more advanced riders and not just Northshore like more techy trails
Would you recommend?
Yes
T
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Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.5
Great red loop and fun 4x track. Don't waste your time on the dark side though. It isn't maintained very well and it is generally way way too techy for your average rider. I have gone through far too many rear mech hangers up there and the shore is miles away from the trail center- it's a long walk back!

Descents on the red loop are fast, fun with plenty of big berms and a couple of neat jumps.

The cafe make genuinely good coffee which is a rarity in Dumfries.

User Review

Good Points
Red loop
4x track
skills loop
cafe
hidden trails
Bad Points
sippery north shore
shortness of red loop
Would you recommend?
Yes
G
Top 100 Reviewer 2 reviews
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Mabie Red
(Updated: February 28, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
Good all round trail, good flow, nice riding.

User Review

Good Points
Plenty of singletrack, no massive climbs
Bad Points
cant think of anything major, maybe no sections that stand out as epic.
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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