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west stevenage

Average Rating:    (4.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

left in to woods follow track. go diagonal across field towards langley. go out of the village and across the b656. take the briddle way on your leftacross the field and though the small wood. turn right on to the road and take the next track on the left this turns into a nice pebbley down hill track. at the bottom turn right to whitwell go into the village and take the steep up hill road on your left.turn right at the water tower and go down the hill. turn left on to the road and take the first track down the hillside on your right. at the bottom go left on the road. take the left hand fork at the fist junction and then the next road on left. then right . then right down the briddleway at white hall farm. go left on the road and take the briddle way on your right half way down the hill. take the next track on the left towards some houses. then diagonaly across the next field keep on this track towards gret offley. take track on right down the hill. take track right up to the road go up the steep hill then take the sharp track on the left down the hill. right on to the road to gosmore. right at the cross roads then first left. 2nd left at bottom of hill and across b656 and take briddle way back to norton green
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Latitude
51.89312622580732
Longitude
-0.21509170532226562
Trail Directions
from a1(M) take 1st left down industrial area take next left passed BAe and take tunnel under motorway to norton green
Trail Length
17miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
stevnage
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 29, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: pgatens ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
As mentioned above this is one of the best routes in Hertfordshire that can be surprisingly tough at times. In the winter look out for the mud and in the summer stingers.

I suggest anyone that is thinking of riding this route, does it soon, as Stevenage council have plans for the countryside west of Stevenage.

The website mentioned above has now gone. You could try http://elly.tzo.com/mb/index.cfm this site tends to be up and down a bit but does have route details.

Somewhere at home I have the original published route that I must type and add to this page.

Recommended Route:
I recommend the longer route that starts and finishes at Norton green. I have done in the summer after work in time to get back for a pint at the pub. Worth taking a detour to the Red lion at Preston for Lunch top grub and good beer.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
How about the Amphibian bike ride from Hertford to Standon. crosses 5 fords on route. Great easy fun in the summer. very social ride.



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Review Date
July 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Sparky , from Brighton, UK

Summary:
After riding from the pub through the trees, there's a really anti-social land-owner who really hates people taking the PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY across his land. I've seen him block the entrance to the field with vehicles so you can't see where to go. Ignore his signs which say stuff like Private, No Entry etc. The 'path' then crosses diagonally through a field - don't worry - it gets better. Overall it's quite a long ride for a limited amount of good off-roading. But hey, this is Hertfordshire not Wales, and this is one of the better rides in the area as long as you're not looking for technical trails. I'd say a novice can ride all of this if they're fit enough. It can take quite a long time though if you don't keep your speed up. I've done it in a couple of hours at normal speed and over twice that with a beginner. Be carefull if you're banking on using the local pubs for lunch. They all seem to close on Saturday afternoons.

Recommended Route:
This is the MBR route 'Young Herts, ride free'. My advice is get the grid refs and take an OS map to do it properly.



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Review Date
December 21, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: dave , from st albans

Summary:
this is a slightly shorter version of a ride featured in http://members.netscapeonline.co.uk/thewebbiker/ofmbi.htm its a great ride in summer when the trails are bone dry probably the best route in herts..if anybody knows a better one mail me.during the wet months the start of the ride is a muddy nightmare preapare to have to dig your bike out

Other recommended trails in the same area:
broxbourne woods area great night rideing when the rambelers are tucked up in bed



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Review Date
December 12, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Craig , from Stevenage

Summary:
Some excellent long downhill sections complete with a few tricky rocky ones but overall a very goog xc trail considiring the area. Fairly long and some tough uphill sections. need to be fairly fit to complete in a resonable time. ps take a puncture repair kit as me and a couple of mates kept getting punctures.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chicksands and Datchworth



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Review Date
November 28, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dave , from Stevenage

Summary:
some excellent down hill sections. a good level of fitness needed. overall a good crooss country trail

Other recommended trails in the same area:
chicksands



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