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Carron Valley

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Mainly fireroad until you reach Meikle Bin, then its a singletrack climb to the top.
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Latitude
56.02985476864051
Longitude
-4.05670166015625
Trail Directions
From Stirling, head up to Carron Bridge Inn which is a straight line from Stirling to Kilsyth. When you arrive at Carron Bridge Inn turn Right and about 1 mile along the road you'll come to the entranbce to the forest. From Falkirk, head towards Fintry, you'll come to the Carron Bridge Inn via Denny. Don't turn off teh road past Carron Bridge Inn as 1 mile down the road is the forest entrance.
Trail Length
10-30 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Stirling, Scotland
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 23, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Gili ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've ridden at Carron Valley twice now. It's a bit out the way for me but I'll ride it again. The trail starts with a bit of fire road then a single track ascent followed by a bit more fire road....now for the down!

Starts with an easy rock garden drop some sweeping single track and onto a second more tricky rock garden. Then more single track with some tight bends and a few oppotunities to get airborne.

Next regain some height via fire road...it's nice and gentle up to the start of the second trail - Cannonball Run. It's aptly named - very fast if you want it to be with a couple of drops and rock gardens but it's all manageable stuff.

At the end of Cannonball you can head back to the start or keep going to the jumps....follow the fire road up the gentle climb before heading down hill over doubles, table tops HUGE berms and then some more jumps. I just ride over them because I have self preservation issues but the capable can bag some big air.

(You can access Cannonball without doing the whole of the first route as you go past the start of it on they way up the fire road)

The trails are manly hard pack so they're all weather and even in the wet your bike doesn't get too dirty. There's not much more facility wise than the car park, but what more do you need? Well there's always a tree to nip behind. The car park is used by anglers from the resevoir so there's normally somebody about and your car is pretty safe.

Recommended Route:
It's a short route so yu can do it all, but the best sections are Cannonball Run and the Jumps.



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Review Date
April 18, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: cmain ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A nice little hack up a hill and back down.

Recommended Route:
Coming up from kilsyth on the 'tac ma Doon' road, at the top of the road, before the descent starts go left through a gate of sorts. This track takes you up to the top of Tomtain...come back down. Grass for the most part, doesn't afford much traction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Meikle Bin



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Review Date
January 2, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: DickBarton ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just a note to say that we are now building MTB routes in this area - rather than relying on just the 1 trail in the area and the fireroads in the coming months we plan to open a number of routes. More info can be found at http://www.carronvalley.org.uk

Recommended Route:
The first 3-mile loop has been cleared and now needs bridge work, hardcoring and riding...more trails to follow with the potential of 100 miles of trail with some real challenging climbs and descents...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
We also plan to introduce some DH trails, a 4X area and some trials areas so we will accommodate all aspects of MTBing - volunteers are always needed to help create the trails.



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Review Date
February 1, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Richard Barton , from Stirling, Scotland

Summary:
The track isn't really detailed as its mainly fireroads, basically skirt the resevoir and then when you get to the far-end simply start to climb.
Carron Valley has a lot of tracks dotting the whole forest, the best thing to do would be to take the cra to the car park and spend the whole day there.

Recommended Route:
Start at the near-end car park and follow the main fireroad along the side of the resevoir. When you get to an old bridge over the river take the right hand option and follow the road all the way up the hill - it seems to go on forever but you'll soon get to the top (45-50+ mph descent!!!). At the top of the fireroad the track will change to a singletrack climb up to the trig point at the top of Meikle Bin.
Once at the top you'll get amazing views from Edinburgh to Glasgow and beyond.
Either descend the way you came up or go over the top and descend to a rough fireroad - this track will join back up with the original track at the bridge.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North Third and Cambusbarron



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