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North Third and Cambusbarron

Average Rating:    (4.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Its more an area than one trail - North Third is a good mix of fireroad and singletrack - the singletrack ranges from twisty, technical and rooty to smooth and winding. The cliff tops make a great place for some technical singletrack climbing. In between North Third and Cambusbarron is a quarry thats now closed and makes a great wee play area. Cambusbarron backs onto the quarry and here you will find a huge amount of singletrack, varying from smooth open stuff to some really tight and technical bits - both areas make a great day out!
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Latitude
56.10744598411244
Longitude
-3.9771366119384766
Trail Directions
From Stirling head South to St Ninians, when in St. Ninians head West to Cambusbarron. You can park your car at the old quarry in Cambusbarron as this makes an excellent starting point. To get to North Third head through the old quarry and climb the steep track to the newer quarry - Cambusbarron is on your left (North) and North Third is on your right (South).
Trail Length
10-20 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Stirling, Scotland
   


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Review Date
April 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mark Hale , from Bannockburn

Summary:
I recommend entering the woods at Grid Ref. 780 912, there is a great uphill singletrack leading to a superb viewpoint at 768 917. From here follow the path N/NW where you encounter a very fast downhill singletrack, lookout as some parts could be tricky for the less experienced. At the bottom of the steepest parts cut tight left to follow the cliff edge of the old quarry for 100-200m where you head into the trees again and follow the faint path to the bottom. Here cut left and continue along the old quarry road, climbing as you round the corner. From here you can cycle through the disused newer quarry to link up with North Third woods. There are a number of tracks here, my favourite following the cliff edge all the way from 770 907 to the Trig Point at 762 888. There are numerous ways back, depending where you parked. I cycle home. Bring a map though. Have fun!!

Recommended Route:
Link Cambusbarron Quarry with North Third woods to Trig Point.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dumyat, Mine Woods- Bridge of Allan, around Carron Resevoir



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Review Date
January 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: michael bignall , from glasgow

Summary:
A good area to play for a few hours, Watch out for walkers on fast decent.{you not them} Oh yeh and ice!!! ouch!!!

Recommended Route:
Start at old quarry,it is marked on the OS Map, some fun jumps here but an awful lot of broken glass. Follow track to slag heaps, 300 meters ,play here. At gate to slag heap follow road, just left of this gate up into trees and PLAY.This does come to a natural end at the top with several options on the route down most of which seem to finish in the same place. This was my first visit but i will be back as its not to far to travel.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bridge of Allan Dumyat



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Review Date
December 8, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Craig , from Edinburgh

Summary:
Exellent riding that never gets boring. Lots of technical riding e.g. drop offs and tight smooth singletrack.

Recommended Route:
Start with Cambusbaron then go through the quarry to the north third.When your at the ford head along the landrover track then turn right and climb to the houe , go through the gate and turn left follow this trail to a junction. You can turn left to Lewis hill this is good to come down.Turn right and the cliff ride starts.



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Review Date
June 2, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ray Welsh , from Dunfermline

Summary:
What a mixed bag of an experience. Hurtling down gravel "bings", (large heaps of gravel)cliff top balancing acts and superb "got to go back to the top and do that again" single track downhills. We set off from the old quarry and did a bit of larking about with the jumps that the club seem to be building. Then up a few, and of course down some fairly steep gravel bings. Onwards and upwards skirting around the sheer quarry faces, scrambled over to the forrested paths and let rip! Bursting through Rhoddedroens and ducking under horizontal tree trunks, best ride I've been on. Total blast! Literally(two punctures)gotta go back. Next time I'll take spare tubes!!

Recommended Route:
Cambusbarron

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Carron Valley



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Review Date
April 1, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Simon , from Newcastle upon Tyne

Summary:
Technical trail, almost 100% singletrack, some not for the vertigo-inclined (foot-wide tracks with a vertical drop off the cliff on 1 side!). Some real amazing sections with steep drops and fast windy narrow singletrack.

Recommended Route:
The best way by far to experience this ride is to hook up with the guys from Stirling mtb club(www.stirlingbikeclub.org.uk). Great guys and a cool route. Cheers Richard and Ian.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Aberfoyle (QE forest) has some good waymarked routes but all on fireroad



Comments
seosamh (11/30/2008)
was up the day on a freezzing cold foggy late november morning, fantastic trails, different from your trails centres, but this is not a bad thing. didn't go too far just played about near the cambusbarron end, pure single track fun. up there with best trails about i think, fast technical and endless, i'll be back thats for sure, about 50 times i think. I didn't even scratch the surface.
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