Dalby Forest Red Route - TRAIL

Dalby Forest Red Route - Trail, Pickering, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Developed in association with Pace racing, this is one of the best forest rides I've ever done, its a mixure of singletrack ups/downs with fire roads (but not much)

User Reviews (18)

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bubman   Cross Country Rider [Aug 17, 2014]

Red Route-Brilliant! It is a long ride, but is so full of variety that it can be forgiven. It has an excellent mix of up/down/easy/hard that lets you get some good speed up without ever letting you be complacent; there also plenty of escape routes if required and overtaking places, but even when the carpark is full the trail is so long that it is easy to get round without seeing another soul; overall really good fun combined with leg burning exercise. I must commend the volunteers who work every month to improve the trail- they have done a fantastic job and over the last year have turned this trail into one of the best I have ridden, equal to the best of the 7 staines.

Customer Service

I have only done the red- when I feel I have got this sussed I will move on but I think that may be a while....

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4
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3
ian banks   Cross Country Rider [May 04, 2011]

Our first ride around the red route was a nice surprise. The climbs were not as challenging as some other trail centres and the descents were equally balanced. It’s one of those trails where you go up a bit and then back down, back up and then down and...You get the picture. Lots of pedalling which after 23 miles makes a well earned pint of local brew a worthy reward, but because of the balanced climbs vs. drops there was always a bit more in the bag left for the next section of single track heaven.
The trails incorporate everything you would expect at a well established trail centre and the flow is excellent, and unlike Whites Level you don’t have to replace your brake pads after a weekend of riding!
After the first ride I was left comparing Dalby to other Centres but after another session around the red route it dawned on me that Dalby is in a class of its own. If you want the quintessential trail then go to Afan but if you want a mixture of just about everything else with fairly easy climbs then visit Dalby. All in all a fab place to spend a few hours on the trial.

Customer Service

Red route. you can cut it short by navigating fire roads.

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4
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3
StarskyDawg   Weekend Warrior [May 17, 2009]

Having read the reviews about the PACE red route at Dalby, I decided to " STEAL " my wife's Spesh Enduro expert as the 4" XC oriented bike looked like it would suit the type of riding on offer. I chose well, their aren't any " up-one-side-for-6-miles-then-down-the-other " climbs. Its all about short sharp switchback climbing, then bang straight into pedally twisty sections and a great mix of natural wooded, wet rooty bits, gravel and dolomite man-made jump and drop style singletrack. Don't try if your not into getting your legs pumping cos this baby will have you pedalling like no other, as a lot of the terrain is actually on the flat. But this isn't to say it is boring, as it begs you to pedal pedal pedal, then surprises you with a few sweet jumps, drops or technical downs. I'm a bit of a lump myself, but I did it with some proper fit lads and even they were cream crackered at the end. A great alternative to the likes of Glentress, which is too busy and too smooth. If you like it rough and tough, Dalby PACE red is your baby...

Customer Service

Dalby PACE red route.

Similar Products Used: None
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4
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4
k31ron   Weekend Warrior [Mar 22, 2009]

Did the Red Route on Sunday, definitely feel a bit cheated by the amount of decent downhill you get compared to uphill slog. Not very technical even for a red with very limited numbers of fun features, jumps etc (e.g. You get far more in 7 miles at coed llandegla then in 23 miles of dalby) but great scenery and pleasant setting...hard because it slog not because its technical...also in very poor condition in places currently( but I think they are working on that) lots of potential to be really good but trying to maintain and develop a long route like this is bound to be tricky.

Customer Service

Bike Park

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3
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5
John   Cross Country Rider [Nov 28, 2008]

The red trail is a monster for anyone not super-fit. The critisism most of my friends have is that the three sections of the red are a little 'samey'
I love Dalby, I think it equals all but the best 7 Stanes, and I challenge anyone not to feel a sense of achivement at the end of the red!
If you get some speed up on certain sections,seemingly innocuous jumps can give big air. Many an involuntary curse or whoop for joy can be heard on a weekend from unfamiliar riders!
However, £7 is too much to park, and the black route could be much longer.
Start from the Visitors Centre. Even though the offical start is Dixons Hollow, it doesn't flow right and you end on the worse climb of the ride, on poxy fire road.

Customer Service

Red

Similar Products Used: You are on the edge of the North Yorks Moors, buy an OS map!
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4
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5
midlifechrisis   Weekend Warrior [Jul 28, 2008]

I did this last week & absolutely loved it. It's got everything from smooth flowy singletrack to proper gnarly, rocky, rooty droppy downhill. Tested my skills & stamina & finished with a huge grin on my face. Drove 4 hours & back in a day to do it & it was definitely worth the effort. I was expecting it to be the poor relation to the likes of Coed y Brenin, but was pleasantly surprised.

Customer Service

Red & Black

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5
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4
Trevorbob   Cross Country Rider [Jun 22, 2008]

Rode Dalby for the first time this weekend. Found it extremely disappointing. We chose to do the black route which peels off of the red at various point before rejoining it. It was boggy, badly planned and some of the early stages seemed to exist purely to elongate the total distance of the black route. The route does not flow as a good trail should.

For a black route it does not challenge the rider nearly enough. Perhaps we should have stayed on the red route but what we saw of that seemed to be fire roads and more blue than red.

It is obvious that a lot of time and money has been invested in this trail so it is a shame that the results are just not there.

Not even in the same bike park as Innerleithen, Golspie or Laggan.

The skinnies at the bike park are quite challanging and fun.

One more thing - £7! Come on.

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2
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3
Prof_monkey   Weekend Warrior [May 02, 2008]

Well, everything about the forest is brilliant. At the end of the day that £7.00 will be reinvested in the trails and facilities. If anyone niggles about the £7, buy a year pass for £35 and go as many times as possible.
Was a little dissapointed that they changed the blue run, from the long drop into a dangerous gate, which if you were caught unaware would catch you out! Otherwise the whole shindig is ace.
Great stuff!

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5
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4
twedspeed   Weekend Warrior [Feb 11, 2008]

RED ROUTE = brilliant , from beggining to end it flows so well , giving you the option of black sections if your feeling brave .
At no single point is there what I,d call a long climb , yes there ,s uphill bits but none of them are tough long uphill slogs , so its like your getting loads of sweet fast singletrack and fast DH thrills without seeming to have to work too hard for them , Although I did feel knackered the next day , what I loved about it was the berms high - long & rock solid , and all built with purpose I.E they lead you onto or into something more challenging, they werent just a berm for a berms sake.
Its so clever and so well thought out that the trail dictates your ride I.E. it makes you do jumps because the trail is littered with jumps that are just that bit too high for you to roll over so you have to jump them ( which any rider worth their salt would do anyway ) and at the side of the trail theres loads of logs puposley placed at 90 degrees to the trail that force your line down the straight and narrow which keeps the route as was originally intended rather than people going their own way round stuff and widening the trail.
challenging uphill switchbacks constantly changing terrain I.E. sandy soil - hard packed mud - raised rocks - northshore - shale - gravel you name it youre gonna get it ( makes tyre choice interesting )Starting at the visitor centre I hustled my enduro round in 3 hrs 45 but then again I did stop for a play at Dixons hollow , But toward the end I was shagged out , and started to get a bit blaze'about stuff that I,d normally get exited about, simply because the route is packed with so much brilliant stuff , but just when you think your gonna die of exploding legs or backache the long descent back through the woods to the visitor centre picks up and suddenly you turn back into a blasting - twisting - bunny hopping - carving - grinning - biking god as you finally reach the finish - just a few criticisms £7.00 entry per car is a rip off so park in the village and cram all your stuff & mates & bikes into one car or van and drive the last few miles like sardines , secondly , even though theres a nice cafe ITS NOT LICENCED so freeze some cans over night and they should be thawed just right by the time you get back . ENJOY.

Customer Service

THE RED

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5
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4
sinbad69   Weekend Warrior [Oct 30, 2007]

Red route on a golden autumnal day in October was probably best outing in 2007.
Suprised at how many people where there - on a tues - does it get busy at the weekend? But people I passed all seemed pretty mellow.
The trail has great flow and it was all rideable - although almost came a cropper looking at the amazing scenery. Lots of short steep climbs and descents - mostly straightforward but a couple a darker shade of red. I loved the raised section constructed of dolmite (?fossil canyon on map)
The trail sort of egged you on to fast- by the end I was struggling even in the granny ring on only a slight incline - usually a sign of a good work out. Got round in about 3.30 with a couple of photo stops. Refuelled at Purple Mountain Cafe - good coffeep)Apart from £7 toll - £5 would be more reasonable I highly recommend a visit.

Similar Products Used: Rosedale loops, Guisborough woods
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4
VALUE
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4
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