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Gortin trail

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Forest trail with tunnels and jumps built into it
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Trail Directions
Head out of Omagh on B48 aprox 5 miles
Trail Length
Trail Level
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads

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Review Date
April 16, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Darren , from Derry

The one critiscism we had with Gortin is that the trails are poorly marked out. There has obviously been a lot of work done since the original trails had been marked out and the signs have not been updated to accomodate these changes. However with a bit of improvisation and some common logic these trails are well worth a visit. Basic Route 4.5 Miles
Uphill about 450 metres mainly on fire roads around the forest nothing too technical but you hae to watch the speed on some of the descents loose gravel and tight turns make for some hairy cornering. We used the basic route as a warm up. Intermediate route 3.5 miles
Not sure if we got this one totally right a really hard long slog up to the top of the 530 metre ascent at which a a 10 minute pitstop was well in order at the top. WE followed the trail for about another 500 metres and spotted a trail running off to the left with MTB tracks so we decided this was the trail. About 100 metres down we realised that this was one hell of a technical Dowhnill Descent with Rocks, Ruts berms etc and to be honest I would only reccomend trying this agian with full face helmet and at least arm and leg pads. Good fun though and extremely testing I really enjoyed this one and once at the bottom the Adrenalin rush was fantastic. We'd have gone back and done it again but for the 500 metre climb. Demanding Route 2.5 Miles
All off road and some of the best technical track I have ever ridden in Northern Ireland. This stuff is all purpose built with 90 Degree switchbacks Steep descents jumps and various other obstables to test your skill and well as your nerve. All in all I completed this look 4 times and found somethingelse to test me everytime. As a freerider I enjoy doing waht I want and exploring wher I want and Gortin definitely gave me ample opportunities to do this. In all honesty I can see a defnite XC link up of the varoius trails being good fun for the fitter riders out there although I'm not that fit I reckon the intermediate and demanding runs could be linked to form a tight course. All in all if you live in N.I or if you're visitng then get a look at Gortin you will not be disappointed.

Recommended Route:
From Derry head out towards Strabane then onto Newtonstewart. Follow the signs from Newtonstewart to Gortin. Once ready you'll have to head out of the car park to the left and then turn right just before the caravan park the trails all start 200 metres down on your right.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Glenveigh National Park Loop in Co. Donegal.

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Review Date
April 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: bonesy , from Holywood

Good for XC and Downhill. With lanes and alot of technicel stuff. good fun

Recommended Route:
Dont no dad drives me up

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