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Cycling and MTB trails in Dalby Forest

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, Dalby Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling. Exploring this stunning forest on two wheels will leave you grinnning ear to ear.

1. Young cyclists and family trails

Learn to ride your bike in the forest! Cycling in the forest is one of the safest and most relaxing ways to pick up confidence and develop cycling skills.

  • The Green Cycle Route is a gentle 8-12 mile ride mainly on the high plateau around Adderstone. Mixed terrain of forest roads and grass tracks, with a few short climbs and descents.
  • Another fantastic family ride is the Green Ellerburn Family Cycle Route. This 2 mile trail is a multi-user pathway for disabled cyclists, walkers, and wheelchair users. It's a safe and accessible route for children learning to ride a bike.

2. Cross Country & World Class Mountain Biking

Ready for a challenge of fitness, technique and skill? Craving your next adrenaline fix? Our famous mountain bike routes will spoil you for choice.

  • The Blue Cycling Trail takes you along singletrack with amazing views across the valley to Low Dalby. Enjoy the new decent of large flowing berms and rollers
  • The Red Cycle Trail is a tricky 21.5 miles through the forest, showcasing singletrack, rock gardens, north shore and some challenging climbs.
  • The Black graded World Cup Cycle Trail is a short but challenging route on variable terrain. Expect some very steep climbs and challenging descents. Expect large and unavoidable features. .
  • Dixon's Hollow Bike Park is a 4X course with table tops, berms and rhythm section. There's also a set of three large table tops for experienced riders only. New for 2017 is Rollocomotion a progressive pump track with rock features, berms rollers and doubles.

Please do NOT build your own mountain bike trails in the forest. There are few things more satisfying for a rider than trailbuilding, so visit to get involved.

SingletrAction, Yorkshires trail building volunteers will be working on the Red Cycle Route on the 3rd Sunday of every month, and you're invited to get involved with work on the trails!

3. Facilities, events, and things to look out for

  • Drop by the Dalby Forest café for a post-ride coffee and food. The café is open 7 days a week, and you can find it in the Visitor Centre.
  • Dalby Forest Cycle Hub now open! Call in from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Tuesday - Sunday or call 01751 460 585 for bookings. For more details and further information visit their website.


Blue Cycling Trail
  • Moderate
11km (6miles) A great route on mixed terrain, providing a great stepping stone towards the Red route.
Dixon's Hollow Bike Park
  • Extreme
Dixon's Hollow Bike Park with 4X course and table top jumps. For experienced riders.
Ellerburn Family Cycle Route
  • Easy
4km (2.5miles) Leisurely family cycle alongside fields and Dalby Beck.
Green Cycle Route
  • Easy
12.4km short loop (8miles) and 6.2 km extension (4 miles) taking the long loop to up to 19km (12miles). Mainly on the high plateau around Adderstone and Crosscliffe with a mix of terrain.
Red Cycle Trail
  • Hard
34.3km (21.5miles) A long route on variable terrain of single track with sections of forest road.
World Cup Cycle Trail
  • Severe
6.4km (4miles) A short but challenging route, on variable terrain of mainly single track trails and some forest roads.
Last updated: 25th July 2018

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