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Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

21.5 miles

Trail is currently open


Due to tree felling works at the start of this trail please note that there is a short diversion in place.  We hope to have this route fully open by October half term. 

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 Winter. 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?

In reply, When we drove up to the kiosk we could only see the ■7 fee, that was both of us, so we either missed the other fees and times or they were not clearly signed and we were unaware of the P&D machines, had we have known about the P&D machines then we probably would have entered.

Stewart, 5/Aug/2014

Hello, following this miss understanding, we have added some extra signs to try and avoid any confusion in the future. Kind regards.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I picked up and rode a part of the red route after using local bridle ways from Snainton and rode over to the visitor centre, the trails were well thought out, well maintained & I had a grin a mile wide, the route suited my ability & age, (59) I was generally impressed with the layout of the visitor centre, the children■s play area & Go Ape looked amazing. My wife & I decided to go back later the next day at around 4 pm to grab some info for friends & relatives, have a short walk & grab something to eat, only to find a ■7 entry fee, this seems good value for the whole day with a car full, but at 4pm it is far too much. Can I suggest some sort of teard entry/parking rate to encourage visitors later in the day, or some form of honesty box which I would have happily used for my ride around, my wife was left disappointed after the build up I had given whole setup earlier, otherwise it would have been 5 out of 5 from me.

Stewart, 4/Aug/2014

Hello Stewart, thank you for the feedback about your recent visit to Dalby Forest. I'm really please to hear that you enjoyed the cycle trails. The admission charge goes down to £4 after 4pm. This is stated on the sign when you enter to forest, and on the P&D machines, they are also programmes to only accept £4 after 4pm. I'm sorry for the confusion that was caused on this occasion.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

We visited today after an absence of a year or so (apart from a visit in the Winter when the visitor centre was closed). I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. The "refurbishment" seems to have left us with a visitor centre that is less than before. We didn't eat so can't comment on the quality of the food, but I sure hope that that it hasn't declined as it was excellent before. What I can say, is what we saw people eating didn't make me want to eat there. We had a good ride despite torrential rain but were a little concerned to note that signs had not been well maintained, and indeed when we encountered a problem had great difficulty finding our escape route back to the car park. It was not signposted from any junction on the red route we were on. This surely is an omission? Apart from that, a good day out. Although it was also disappointing to notice that the bins were overflowing! Surely a discouragement to people separating rubbish so that it can be recycled.

Adam, 6/Jul/2014

Hello, thank you for the feedback about your recent visit to Dalby. As you have mentioned we have made some changes to our Visitor Centre, the most noticeable change has been moving the café from upstairs to the ground floor, we feel this is an improvement for disabled visitors and more user friendly for visitors with children using the new play area. The café is still managed by the same people so food quality has not changed. We regularly check the cycle trails to make sure that all of the signage is in place, it would be good to know which route you were using and which section you had problems with so that we can go a check it. Please could you call the Visitor Centre on 01751 460295 with this information? Once again, thank you for your feedback.

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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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Postcode: YO18 7LT

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