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Blue Cycling Trail
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

6 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Having a rest on a family cycle trail.

Start the Blue Cycle Trail from Dalby Visitor Centre trail start in Low Dalby. 

After a challenging but short section of singletrack, the route turns right on to Housdale Rigg. Enjoy new singletrack past the Jubilee plantation and new sweeping berms which link on to due use singletrack.   

Ellerburn training trail is on your right before Dalby village, this trail was built in three small loops increasing in difficulty starting with the bottom loop. Test your skill and balance here or just ride past following the blue signs back to the Visitor Centre.

Use the Blue Cycle Trail as a gate way to the wider forest. Once you've bought a map from the Visitor Centre you can jump on to different trails to increase the length of your ride. 

All cycle trail waymarkers in Dalby, Guisborough and Stainburn use square posts with square signs. Every post has a bike symbol in it.

Please take your litter home with you



What do other visitors say?

Please ignore Robbo when he says uphill sections should be done on fireroads. Please make the uphill sections interesting singletrack as well.

AlexC, 15/Jul/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

We love biking in Dalby Forest - but we like to go in the evening when its quieter - where can I get a new map from as the shop closes at 4pm. We arrived on Saturday at 5pm to find that the planned route was not shown any more.

DF72, 23/Jun/2014

Hello, thanks for your question about the blue trail at Dalby. Dalby Bike Barn also sell maps and they are open until 6pm. You could also download our Forest Explorer app which also has the maps of Dalby on.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I try to ride Dalby 2-3 times a. Week and recommend the people who want some thing more challenging try the 'off piste' routes and link different sections that way. You can basically climb the fire roads keeping your eyes peeled at the top for the tracks that have been ridden 'off piste.' I really appreciate what the forestry commission do for us in the forest but understand some riders get bored and dissatisfied quickly and if they do - it's a lovely big old forest, explore it and at least try to smile.

Robbo, 27/Feb/2014
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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • BBQ stands are located around the forest.
  • Cafe
  • The Courtyard Cafe provides good, wholesome and locally sourced food. For more information please call 01751 460439.
  • Cycling
  • Dalby forest has a range of cycle trails, from family routes to some of the best mountain biking in the country. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Cycle wash
  • Is located near Dalby Bike Barn
  • Forest drive
  • Admission Charge
    March to October
    8.00 all day or
    4 after 4pm
    Nov to Feb
    4 all day
    Motorcycles 2.00
    Mini-buses 20.00
    Coaches 35.00 (must book in advance)
    Discovery Pass 42
    7 Day Pass 20
    The forest drive is open 7.30am to 8.30pm.
    Disabled badge holders are not exempt from charges.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • The signs of past settlers are all around. Burial mounds, linear earthworks of unknown purpose and the remains of a flourishing rabbit warrening industry can be found throughout Dalby.
  • Orienteering
  • Maps are available from the Visitor Centre.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches can be found at the visitor centre and throughout the forest.
  • Play area
  • Play areas are located at the visitor centre and Adderstone Field. Dalby offers exciting adventure play equipment.
  • Restaurant
  • Tree Tops Restaurant is located at the visitor centre. There are large indoor and outdoor seating areas and great views over the forest. Open 10.00am until 4.00pm daily, extended hours of operation in the summer.
  • Walking
  • Waymarkered trails start from several of the car parks and vary in length, so there is something for everyone. Trail maps are available from the visitor centre 1.
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre and forest shop provide information and leaflets for the forest trails and events. Open 10am to 4pm. For more information call 01751 460295.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets can be found at the visitor centre and at Staindale Lake. Ladies, Gents, Disabled, and baby changing facilities.
  • Wildlife
  • Staindale Lake has a resident population of mallard and tufted ducks as well as Canada geese. Occasional visitors include dabchick, goldeneye and heron. The bird feeding station provides close-up views of many woodland species including siskin, great-spotted woodpecker, bullfinch and coal tit.
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