Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

21.5 miles

Trail is currently open


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 ready for Spring. 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. 


What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

This is one of the early trails, and is worth riding. We did the red in glorious March14 weather and it was ok as a ride. Take it for what it is, it's a slog, you know it's 36km so don't moan when you're slogging round but it is easy and certainly only has it's red y Vertue of the distance as there is nothing technical at all. I feel the red status on newer trails like my local at Gisburn have moved on and reds these days have, or should have more about them. This ride could really do with some added surprises being built to make for some more fun and technicality though there are some blacks that are flagged up as I suggest that in no way are truly black....perhaps the health and safety brigade painted the red flags black ! Not wanting to be harsh as the red is worth doing but don't expect anything technical as I've said. It's also a very smooth trail over most of the run. Enjoy for what it is and don't moan too much on here when you get home.

Mike R, 9/Mar/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Went to Dalby Forest for the first time on Jan 26th 2014 with 3 friends, was a bit apprehensive after reading some of the previous blogs on here,did the Red route and we were all very impressed, excellent trail and will definitely come back,yes it's tiring so get fit, yes it's bumpy in places, get some decent suspension, done many other trails, Cannock chase and several in Wales and this beats them all.

Simon L, 26/Jan/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Even though its a good hour long drive to get here absolutely fantastic route and now got all my friends going aswell! The red route is particually fun and if you like the feel of adrenline running through your body this will definitely provide that buzz!

C, 1/Jan/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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OS Grid ref: SE 857875
Postcode: YO18 7LT

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