Blue Cycling Trail
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

8 miles

Trail is currently open


Having a rest on a family cycle trail.

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

After a challenging but short section of singletrack, the route turns right on to Housdale Rigg then follows forest roads through quiet woodland.  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. 

 There is easy access to Ellerburn Pond and wildlife hide from this trail. Stop here to enjoy some unspoilt bird watching and beutiful scenery. From there it is a short ride to Ellerburn training trail. 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.

Blue Route News - We understand the need to improve our current blue route to bring it inline with other trail centres. With this in mind we have secured planning permission to add several off road sections, this work will be starting in the next few months. Work has now started! watch this space for the new Blue Cycle trail! 13/12/13

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



What do other visitors say?

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
2 Stars 2 Stars

What feels like a endless uphill follows a fast downhill on a fire road which is disappointing to be honest. Lets make it interesting.The uphill sections should be done on fire roads and the downhill on singletrack. Dalby is a massive place and has potential for much better. Gisburn forest is a good example of maybe how the routes should be.

Gareth, 13/Feb/2014

Hello, thanks for your comments. We are building new off road sections of blue trail, this will open in May and I hope that you will enjoy these changes.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

With so much forest available its dissapointing that there isn't a much longer moderate route say, around 20 miles so that a single route provides a solid day out. Such a route could include "optional" more technical sections too to keep "family" groups entertained.

Anonymous, 1/Nov/2013

Thank you for your comment about the cycling trails at Dalby Forest. We are currently in the process of constructing a new green multi-user trail in Dalby. Once works on this are complete we will look at improving the 8 mile blue cycle route that we currently have. Did you know that Dalby Bike Barn do social rides on a Tuesday evening with 4/5 groups doing a different level of riding? This might be a good opportunity to discover new areas of Dalby and find new ways to link routes.

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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
    7.00 all day or
    4 after 4pm
    Nov to Feb
    4 all day
    Motorcycles 2.00
    Mini-buses 15.00
    Coaches 30.00 (must book in advance)
    Discovery Pass 42
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    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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