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Nortons Wood Clevedon

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Along Cadbury Camp Lane turn left after 200m. Fast 2km narrow bridleway DH. Turn R up past driving range to top of hill. Moderate 1km firetrack climb. Turn L over Cadbury Camp. Moderate 1/2km firetrack climb. Fast 200m firetrack descent. After 1km flat firetrack turn right into woods. 100m easy singletrack. Bridge over M5 into Nortons Wood. Explore the estimated 20km of singletrack, some bits very technical. Retrace directions back to trailhead. Email me for more details and info on some of the better secret tracks, that you'll never find!
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Latitude
51.44309471435859
Longitude
-2.8322410583496093
Trail Directions
M5 J19. Follow signs to Portishead. At roundabout turn left towards Clevedon. At Gordano School turn left. If you fancy a 1/2 mile strenuous road-climb park here and ride up hill. If not, park at top of hill in layby on right at entrance to Cadbury Camp Lane.
Trail Length
2-10 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Bristol
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 2, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kevsurf2003 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Well I rode this place for the first time yesterday and I was well impressed. Some of the sweeping singletrack was great stuff..nice hard pack mud so you can really go for it, with jumps here and there for the added buzz. I found the steep downhills a bit much with no disc brakes and was struggling to keep control, but fun all the same. Better than Avon Timberland Trail and better than Leigh Woods in my opinion, I will definitely be coming back here on a regular basis.

Recommended Route:
From Bristol, park in Tickenham somewhere if you can. Ride through Tickenham and then turn right at the red phonebox. This lane leads up to a bridge over the M5 which takes you straight into the woods.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ashton court, Leigh Woods etc.. but if you have a car hop over the bridge to Wales and ride Cwm Carn and Forest of Dean for some proper riding.



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Review Date
April 24, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: GVMTB Club , from UK

Summary:
The local club, GVMTB, rides these trails daily and have an intimate knowledge of all the best sections. Contact us for more details, or ride with us. Our club members are all different levels so you'll have plenty of fun

Recommended Route:
Visit http://www.gvmtb.btinternet.co.uk for the latest news on the best secret singletrack sections



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Review Date
February 23, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Taffy Terror , from Resident of Portishead, North Somerset

Summary:
Enter the quarry (not strictly legal) and cycle up one level. You then almost double back on yourself over some gravel heaps and you are then into single-track heaven. Nortons Wood is not necessarily a particularly large area but it is 100% rideable and you can spend hours in there without getting bored. There are loads of short but steep climbs and short but oh so sweet downhill bits. Lots of good sweeping single-track. Plenty of technical stuff as well as some fast firetracks to blast through. If you are into history/archaelogogy, you must stop off and look at the ancient Cadbury Camp hill fort - superb - proves that us Celts were playing in these woods long before the English foreigners arrived!!!!
The trail down the side of Tickenham golf course is a lovely swooping downhill to be done at speed - look out for the gate at halfway + you do stumble across walkers and horseriders, but I can honestly say they provide no hassle - you show them respect and they show us respect - QED.
Another good place to start is round the back of All Saints Church in Clevedon on the main Clevedon to Portishead road.
Enjoy.

Recommended Route:
Start at the dis-used quarry on Nortons Wood Lane - a narrow lane running from the east end of Clevedon to Clapton-in-Gordano (There is a superb cider-house at the far end called The Kicker. A couple of pints of their cider and you will go blind. Best to drink there after the ride!).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stacks of good stuff in the Black Mountains & the Brecon Beacons.



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Review Date
February 22, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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4.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: The Boulder Boy , from Bristol

Summary:
These woods are the best in area IMHO, with singletrack, jumps, drop-offs, DH sections to suit all abilities. The firetrack rides between sections have some great views over Somerset, and there's a great local pub near the start/end of the ride for your refreshment. If you live near Bristol/Somerset and you haven't tried it... you really should! You will want to come back!

Recommended Route:
Mail me for more information on secret tracks.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Leight Woods (unofficial singletrack)



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