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Grafham Water trail

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Gravel paths round a big reservoir.
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Latitude
52.297693135184254
Longitude
-0.2906656265258789
Trail Directions
Off the A1 at the shell garage near the 'Offords' towards Grafham Water (signposted). Big carpark to leave your car whilst you go off on your bike. Ice cream wagon there aswell ;-)
Trail Length
9.7 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
StNeots
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Peter Stokes , from Little Paxton

Summary:
The bit from Paxton to Grafham is mostly uphill edge of the field stuff with a final gravel path and is usually quite quiet (nice views too on a clear day). Once at Grafham I usually go anti-clockwise. As the other reviewers have said this is mostly gravel track although a lot of asphalt has been laid over winter. Beware hire riders on fine evenings and weekends (they tend to drop their bikes wherever they stop, very dangerous if you are at speed).

Recommended Route:
I like to start from Little Paxton and cycle over to Grafham via Paxton Woods, this adds another approx 9 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beware the midges at the back side of the lake in the summer evenings or you'll get a lot of extra nourishment.



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Review Date
September 22, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Kieran Bennett , from Gt Paxton, Cambs

Summary:
The Northern end in the hills is the best bit, moderate climbs with good runs down the far side, can find jumps if you go looking for them, i advise you look down towards the shore and any bridlepaths you find are good. try not to go crashing through the forest too much but, unfortunatly, the best bits are in there somewhere. the rest is all pretty boring, flat and straight, although you can get pretty good airs if you get some speed up and hit the roots at speed.

Recommended Route:
You can start at any of the three car parks but i normally start at the main one near the village of Grafham (The one with the bike hire centre in) then go Anti clockwise from there. This gives you the nothern hilly section first, and then the southern flat section to finish and wind down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
little paxton gravel pits - always good for jumping, go anywhere you like, make sure to wash the sand out when finished.



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Review Date
December 22, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Tim Butcher , from St Neots

Summary:
This trail is right on my door step. The Three Shires Way is an excellent training route or a good intro for a novice xc rider. Its 85% off-road - not bad for a 15 mile ride! You do go past Garfham Water where you'll find loads of walkers and families, but otherwise you'll find yourself on your own - if you like that sort of thing.

Recommended Route:
Don't do the Grafham Water 'Trail', its pants! Ride the Three Shires Way. It's a lot longer and you see far more countryside. Get yourself a OS Landranger map for Huntingdon, St Neots and start at the Dillington, Cambs. Head north east and you'll soon be on a huge variety of terrain.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The area's pretty good for training rides. I'm currently mapping out some routes, so e me if you're local and fancy a spin around Cambs.



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Review Date
June 20, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rob , from Huntingdon, UK

Summary:
This trail is mainly loose gravel and clay paths, very much up and down considering the land is normally so flat round here. The trail changes through steady climbs, fast downhill, sharp bends, gates to open (without cheating and getting off!) and even a bit of woodland area and public roadway thrown in too. The trail is shared with ramblers, joggers, and barking dogs (occasionally with owners!) so watch out - however, the landowners positively encourage cycling this route. In fact - they have dedicated cycle signs up showing you the way. At one point you cycle along under some national grid power lines for about a mile, so make yourself an induction loop before you go and charge your bike light batteries for free ;-) (only kidding).

Recommended Route:
From the main carpark, go anticlockwise, otherwise you'll find a murderous long uphill section to finish!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
No real bike trails other than this one within 10 miles or so.



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