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Average Rating:    (3.18 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

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Latitude
54.913724635019484
Longitude
-3.817577362060547
Trail Directions
head towards dumfries from there take A711 to dalbeattie, in dalbeattie turn left onto the A710 towards Rockcliff. You find the carpark about 2 miles out of dalbeattie make sure you start at the Richorn car park(trail maps available at petrol station in dalbeattie)not the first walkers car park.
Trail Length
5- 20 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
dalbeattie
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Review Date
February 13, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Mark1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've ridden this trail twice now, and after the first time, I thought it was pants, (basically we got lost, but this was over 8 years ago so not signed very well, that or we were still hung over :-)).
Our riding had come on leaps and bounds especially being based at the edge of the Peak District so as we came up for the weekend to do Glentress, and Kirroughtree we thought we would give it another try. This time we didn't get lost but I left here very disillusioned.
Its a trail that yes, it does need to be ticked off your 7 Staines list but there's something missing here. As others have posted, it has no major up-hills, so no down-hills, just some small decents that finish before they have began. Just when you start to enjoy a bit of down hill, it stops. The only highlight is the Slab.
Personally for me, it feels like a trail that has been built on the back of the success of the other routes in the area, ( or it was the first? and as such the following trails were much improved, either way I'm not sure).
Its as though they have created a trail within the woods that take you from one local interest point ( the slab) to another ( one of the Staines) without much thought going into the actual route. I understand that they have used what they can but as there isn't much in the way of undulations its all a bit vague. In-fact I can't even remember what's in-between. You know a routes good when you can remember the names of areas such as the Burns Splash, Descender Bender etc... to name a few from other trails, ask anybody who rides regularly any area of this trail other than the Slab, and they'll be struggling ( unless they are locals) the only one I remember is the Slab and the car-park when we'd finished!
Apart from the gnawing feeling that somehow I'd been robbed of a good few hours biking as it was our first ride of our Scottish weekend, I was expecting just that something more, which I still can't put my finger on.I suppose that you'd understand more if you've ridden it.
Everybody is different in what they like a trail to be and what they don't, add into this their ability, bravado etc... and for some its an ok route if you are starting out, but if you are experienced then I'd give it a miss and go do Kirroughtree instead,that is unless you want to do the loop around the slabs several times. Just watch for the big tree root where it bottoms out!

Recommended Route:
Well, it has to be the main one that takes in the Slab ans the Staine.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Plenty if you're looking and making a weekend of it. Do this to tick it off, but other-wise go and do Glentress, Innerleithen or Kirrougtree instead. These 3 alltogehter or as stand alone routes would bring you back again and again, If Dalbeattie is your first Scotitish route then I promise other routes are significantly better than this.
It took 8 years for us to come back and do Dalbeattie properly,and this was only because we were in the area. Knowing what we know now,had we done it in its entirety 8 years ago we wouldn't have done this route again. In a nutshell one to tick off but not one to come back too, but hey. you may think its brill.



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Review Date
November 16, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bubman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It was ok, but we did ride it in the wet, which is not best weather for what is quite a rocky/ stony ride anyway; there are some quite scary downhill rocky slabs and some slippery scary stony sections and initially some boardwalks, so best ridden in dry weather with full protective padding; sorry; this is sounding quite negative, but to be honest, unless you like really rocky trails, go to nearby mabie or ae trails; they are a lot more fun, a lot more free flowing and more family / multi ability friendly; i will go back and do dalbeattie in the dry, but it does not hold the anticipation and sheer fun factor that the other 2 local 7stanes courses offer and which i really look forward to doing again.

Recommended Route:
red route

Other recommended trails in the same area:
ae and mabie



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Review Date
June 22, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Bigkeeko ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Haven`t been on this site for a while but I thought i`d just fire in review for anyone that might travel a large distance to ride it Dalbeattie. If you`re into technical and fast riding/the odd huck and jump/or the odd bit of downhill and consider yourself to be good then don`t bother wasting your petrol coming to Dalbeattie.You`ll be bored to death and after you`ve did the slab thingy a few times and you`ll be wanting to go home.Theres NO big air and no gravity assistance.Its a slog from start to finish unless you`re a skinny dude/fitness freak on a lightweight bike.
Its a beginners paradise though and if you`ve just takin up biking then you`ll love and be `scared to death` (who wrote that?)
Anyway. Stick to the DH at Innerleithen for a mad blast.



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Review Date
May 26, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: solwaysam ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Given that I live a few hundred metres away from these new trails at Dalbeattie, and have little MB experience anywhere else, I may not be the best person to review it. It is a great ride though.

The first time I did it I was tired out before I started, and didn't take any drinks with me. Big mistake. The red route is 18 miles long (29km) and I was feeling a bit knacked even halfway. And make sure your bike's in good working order - it'll take quite a bit of punisment. The rocky sections truly are rough, and I find that it isn't just a test of the fitness of your legs, it's a good technical route in places. The singletrack is great, and nicely varied, and the fire roads come as a welcome break after the undulating singletrack.

Having said that, it would be nice if it was all singletrack, even if it was easier in some sections. A map is useful if you don't know the route, although once you've done it once you'll not need to think about where you're going.

Overall, a good run, with some neat bits.

Recommended Route:
Red route - black sections optional.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
While you're in the area, try the trails at Mabie forest, or over to the east at Glentress near Innerleithen. There's some mad downhill tracks at Innerleithen; cool to watch even if you don't have the bike/guts to try them out!



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Review Date
April 22, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: robwilkins ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I really enjoyed this trail. I was expecting something similar to Glen Tress but it is very different. There is no enormous climb and therefore no enormous downhill, but there is lots of sections of nice single track. The trail has some nice technical bits to it that are really good fun and some great fast single track sections as well. The rocks and terrain have been cleverly built into the trail to make wee obstacles that are good to ride over

Recommended Route:
Red route. Miss the slab - the fast red bit round the side has great jumps and your dont risk breaking your neck!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mabie is also good and just up the road.



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