North Third and Cambusbarron - Trail, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom

North Third and Cambusbarron - Trail, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom

DESCRIPTION

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!

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 08, 1999]
Richard Barton

North Third has some really good tracks dotted all over its woods - most are connected via fireroads and all are manageable although during winter care should be taken for the more extreme stuff i.e. the clifftops.
Cambusbarron is all singletrack varying from smooth to rooty and rocky - one of the tracks managed to bend the back end of the tandem as we hit 35mph down it - the track was less than 6 inches wide! Really good fun...

Customer Service

Start at the most Southern end of North Third (just above a steep road climb over a burn) and head up the track to the clifftops. The very end of the track climbs to the cliffs so the climb is a bit steep - IT IS DO-ABLE. Ride along the cliffs and down the gully - take the fireroad to the first serious left hander. Here you'll find a piece of singletrack climbing through the woods, take this and follow it until you reach the next set of cliffs. If you want a very technical cliff-edge descent climb to the top of the next set of cliffs and follow the edge, otherwise turn left and follow the singletrack that goes round the cliff bottom - very fast!
Go through the burn at the bottom and head up the road hill - at the top turn left into the quarry (now closed). This makes a great play area until your ready to move into Cambusbarron - climb the really steep climb and croos over the log. Keep climbing up to the right until you enter a clearing - head to the left and climb through the rocks. This is the start of the 'Valley of the Bushes' - very fast but also very overgrown and twisty.

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Dumyat - starting at Bridge of Allan and climbing up through Pendreich and finishing down the Witch's Grave.

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5
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[Mar 19, 2000]
Duncan Neish

Just been out to North Third and followed the recommended cliff top route - absolutely fantastic! It's not long but it's 90% great singletrack and the downhill at the (Northern) end is fab. There are a few other trails around here which I'm really keen to check out, as well as those nearer Cambusbarron. We didn't see anyone else there on a sunny Sunday - my advice is "check it out!"

Customer Service

North Third clifftops

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Carron Valley is nearby but has hardly any singletrack. Better to make the longer trip to Aberfoyle/the Trossachs. If you're nearer Glasgow, Lennox Forest and Mugdock Country Park and around have a few wee trails.

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5
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[May 10, 2000]
Duncan Neish

Been around the North Third clifftops yet another time and it's still great, despite the comedy crashes. Started to explore Cambusbarron, too: there's a great descent, not very twisty or technical but plenty fast with good "slickrock" to blast over. This route is from the top of the hill above the still-worked quarry down to the village (it's on the Landranger map) but there are trails everywhere in the woods (just like Richard says below!).

Customer Service

North Third clifftops or Cambusbarron woods.

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See below but none are nearly so much fun.

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[Mar 01, 2001]
Richard Barton

Cambusbarron is full of some really good singletrack - the main track is a double-width and full of rocks and roots.
Most of the really good stuff is only found by either exploring or hooking up with the local club and following them.
The quarry is slowly starting to be used by some jumpers but there is still a lot of work needing done to build the jumps and stuff.
The woods themselves have a lot to offer anybody who cares to spend some time riding them.

Customer Service

Cliff Top Ride, North Third and/or Cambusbarron

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Get in touch with the local bike club - they can help with trail advice, etc. Web address is http://www.stirlingbikeclub.org.uk.

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5
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[Apr 01, 2001]
Simon

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.

Customer Service

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.

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Aberfoyle (QE forest) has some good waymarked routes but all on fireroad

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5
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[Jun 02, 2001]
Ray Welsh

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!!

Customer Service

Cambusbarron

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Carron Valley

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5
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[Dec 08, 2001]
Craig

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

Customer Service

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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4
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[Jan 12, 2003]
michael bignall

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

Customer Service

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.

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Bridge of Allan Dumyat

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3
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[Apr 22, 2003]
Mark Hale

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!!

Customer Service

Link Cambusbarron Quarry with North Third woods to Trig Point.

Similar Products Used:

Dumyat, Mine Woods- Bridge of Allan, around Carron Resevoir

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5
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