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Dalby Forest Red Route

Average Rating:    (4.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 18

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
August 17, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: bubman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Red Route-Brilliant! It is a long ride, but is so full of variety that it can be forgiven. It has an excellent mix of up/down/easy/hard that lets you get some good speed up without ever letting you be complacent; there also plenty of escape routes if required and overtaking places, but even when the carpark is full the trail is so long that it is easy to get round without seeing another soul; overall really good fun combined with leg burning exercise. I must commend the volunteers who work every month to improve the trail- they have done a fantastic job and over the last year have turned this trail into one of the best I have ridden, equal to the best of the 7 staines.

Recommended Route:
I have only done the red- when I feel I have got this sussed I will move on but I think that may be a while....



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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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