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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

21.5 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

* Malton Motor Club Rally on 1st November, this trail will be closed from post 14-25 with a diversion in place. Please make sure you start in Low Dalby at post 1*

The 34.3km (21mile) trail starts either at the Visitor Centre or Dixon's Hollow Car Park.

Bikers take to the newly opened trails in Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire.

Posts 1-14 is 9.4km (6miles). From The Visitor Centre Car Park.

Posts 14-25 is 11.1km (7miles). From Dixons Hollow Car Park.

Posts 26-38 is 13.8km (8.5miles) Use the Blue cycle trail from The Visitor Centre Car Park or the Green cycle trail from Dixons Hollow Car Park.

The routes take in variable terrain of single track and sections of forest road. This technical trail features rock gardens and north shore styling with technical features such as drop offs and large rocks. Some challenging climbs and tricky descents. Proficient mountain bikers with good off road handling skills and high level of fitness.

Trail News- SingletrAction, Yorkshires trail building volunteers will be working on the Red Cycle Route on the 3rd Sunday of every month (section tbc). Maybe you can give up some of your free time to work on the trails you love??

Trail News- We are working hard to mainatain the trails. You may encounter diversions on your ride, these are for your safety and to allow the new material to settle and compact. Please follow the diversion signs as riding sections that are not ready will cause further delay. Thank you.

Refreshments are now available from Dalby Activity Centre near Adder stone Field.  Hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks are available everyday during school holidays and weekends from Easter to October. 

 Please take your litter home with you. Thank you.


What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I am a regular user of Daley mtb trails, me and my friends go up most Sunday's, I feel blessed to have this amazing place on my doorstep, reading some of the negative comments about admission prices and people moaning about some of the trails not been in tiptop condition really surprises me, there's is something for the whole family at Dalby and let's face it a 7 enter fee is nothing for a car full!!! It's more or less free in my eyes, it must cost millions to maintain, and as for people moaning about the trails, you could always volunteer and help build/maintain the trails!

A massive thumbs up from me and my friends that ride every week, never gets boring! Rangers and forestry commission a big pat on the back! And thanks for making Dalby safe and exciting, keep up the good work

Pudwaa, 25/May/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Brilliant day out in the forest today!

Conditions were not bad and you could push on in the slightly wet sections.

Only downside was gate 36 was closed due to construction works, a diversion was in place so not much of a drama.

Anonymous, 5/Jan/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Rode the red route on Saturday 6th December and thoroughly enjoyed it. There were 2 sections of singletrack still closed with road/fireroad climbs in place, even though it said above they were hoping to have the route fully open by October. The decents/singletrack are fun and flowing. I'd recommend full sus as the terrain is quite rocky. I rode this with a single front chain ring and managed all the climbs fine. Also stopped off to play in the bike park which was fun (not overly challenging), and rode the optional black sections. The route does have a few lengthy sections of fireroad but it gave my legs a bit of a breather! Would definitely recommend and will hopefully be back in the future.

Tom, 8/Dec/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
  • The 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
    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 for the orienteering course 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
  • A Bird Hide over looks Stonebridge Pool and a seasonal wetland scrape.
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