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Dalby Forest Red Route

Average Rating:    (4.18 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

Developed in association with Pace racing, this is one of the best forest rides I've ever done, its a mixure of singletrack ups/downs with fire roads (but not much)
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Latitude
54.28356685903063
Longitude
-0.6804656982421875
Trail Directions
From York area, take the A64 and follow signposts to Thornton Dale, go straight through and follow signs to Low Dalby Car Park.
Trail Length
About 25 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Pickering, North Yorkshire
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Review Date
May 4, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ian banks ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Our first ride around the red route was a nice surprise. The climbs were not as challenging as some other trail centres and the descents were equally balanced. It’s one of those trails where you go up a bit and then back down, back up and then down and...You get the picture. Lots of pedalling which after 23 miles makes a well earned pint of local brew a worthy reward, but because of the balanced climbs vs. drops there was always a bit more in the bag left for the next section of single track heaven.
The trails incorporate everything you would expect at a well established trail centre and the flow is excellent, and unlike Whites Level you don’t have to replace your brake pads after a weekend of riding!
After the first ride I was left comparing Dalby to other Centres but after another session around the red route it dawned on me that Dalby is in a class of its own. If you want the quintessential trail then go to Afan but if you want a mixture of just about everything else with fairly easy climbs then visit Dalby. All in all a fab place to spend a few hours on the trial.

Recommended Route:
Red route. you can cut it short by navigating fire roads.



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Review Date
May 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: StarskyDawg ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Having read the reviews about the PACE red route at Dalby, I decided to " STEAL " my wife's Spesh Enduro expert as the 4" XC oriented bike looked like it would suit the type of riding on offer. I chose well, their aren't any " up-one-side-for-6-miles-then-down-the-other " climbs. Its all about short sharp switchback climbing, then bang straight into pedally twisty sections and a great mix of natural wooded, wet rooty bits, gravel and dolomite man-made jump and drop style singletrack. Don't try if your not into getting your legs pumping cos this baby will have you pedalling like no other, as a lot of the terrain is actually on the flat. But this isn't to say it is boring, as it begs you to pedal pedal pedal, then surprises you with a few sweet jumps, drops or technical downs. I'm a bit of a lump myself, but I did it with some proper fit lads and even they were cream crackered at the end. A great alternative to the likes of Glentress, which is too busy and too smooth. If you like it rough and tough, Dalby PACE red is your baby...

Recommended Route:
Dalby PACE red route.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None



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Review Date
March 22, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: k31ron ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Did the Red Route on Sunday, definitely feel a bit cheated by the amount of decent downhill you get compared to uphill slog. Not very technical even for a red with very limited numbers of fun features, jumps etc (e.g. You get far more in 7 miles at coed llandegla then in 23 miles of dalby) but great scenery and pleasant setting...hard because it slog not because its technical...also in very poor condition in places currently( but I think they are working on that) lots of potential to be really good but trying to maintain and develop a long route like this is bound to be tricky.

Recommended Route:
Bike Park



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Review Date
July 28, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: midlifechrisis ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I did this last week & absolutely loved it. It's got everything from smooth flowy singletrack to proper gnarly, rocky, rooty droppy downhill. Tested my skills & stamina & finished with a huge grin on my face. Drove 4 hours & back in a day to do it & it was definitely worth the effort. I was expecting it to be the poor relation to the likes of Coed y Brenin, but was pleasantly surprised.

Recommended Route:
Red & Black



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Review Date
February 11, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: twedspeed ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
RED ROUTE = brilliant , from beggining to end it flows so well , giving you the option of black sections if your feeling brave .
At no single point is there what I,d call a long climb , yes there ,s uphill bits but none of them are tough long uphill slogs , so its like your getting loads of sweet fast singletrack and fast DH thrills without seeming to have to work too hard for them , Although I did feel knackered the next day , what I loved about it was the berms high - long & rock solid , and all built with purpose I.E they lead you onto or into something more challenging, they werent just a berm for a berms sake.
Its so clever and so well thought out that the trail dictates your ride I.E. it makes you do jumps because the trail is littered with jumps that are just that bit too high for you to roll over so you have to jump them ( which any rider worth their salt would do anyway ) and at the side of the trail theres loads of logs puposley placed at 90 degrees to the trail that force your line down the straight and narrow which keeps the route as was originally intended rather than people going their own way round stuff and widening the trail.
challenging uphill switchbacks constantly changing terrain I.E. sandy soil - hard packed mud - raised rocks - northshore - shale - gravel you name it youre gonna get it ( makes tyre choice interesting )Starting at the visitor centre I hustled my enduro round in 3 hrs 45 but then again I did stop for a play at Dixons hollow , But toward the end I was shagged out , and started to get a bit blaze'about stuff that I,d normally get exited about, simply because the route is packed with so much brilliant stuff , but just when you think your gonna die of exploding legs or backache the long descent back through the woods to the visitor centre picks up and suddenly you turn back into a blasting - twisting - bunny hopping - carving - grinning - biking god as you finally reach the finish - just a few criticisms £7.00 entry per car is a rip off so park in the village and cram all your stuff & mates & bikes into one car or van and drive the last few miles like sardines , secondly , even though theres a nice cafe ITS NOT LICENCED so freeze some cans over night and they should be thawed just right by the time you get back . ENJOY.

Recommended Route:
THE RED



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