Grafham Water trail - Trail, StNeots, United Kingdom

Grafham Water trail - Trail, StNeots, United Kingdom

DESCRIPTION

Gravel paths round a big reservoir.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 03, 2014]
Simon Edwards
Weekend Warrior

I cycle round Grafham 3 to 4 times a week. It's a pleasurable ride that doesn't require any advanced MTB skills. Recommend wearing a cycle buff and sunglasses as some times the bugs can get a bit heavy around the Dam. On a sunny day you can really appreciate the route with some nice views. A few step hills keep the trail interesting though watch out for walkers who forget this is a cycle route!

My record is 40:08 and I'm trying to push on to break the 40 minute mark. The first time I went round, it took be over an hour!

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From an aerial view, going counter clockwise is a bit more tricky and, in my opinion, the better ride. Though if you're planning to go round twice, go one way then the other. It feels like a totally different ride and helps keep things fresh.

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This is the only main route in the area, but Rutland Water is also worth checking out.

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4
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3
[Jun 20, 1999]
Rob

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).

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

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No real bike trails other than this one within 10 miles or so.

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4
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[Dec 22, 1999]
Tim Butcher

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.

Customer Service

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.

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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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3
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[Sep 22, 2000]
Kieran Bennett

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.

Customer Service

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.

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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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3
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[Apr 17, 2002]
Peter Stokes

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).

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

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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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4
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