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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

11 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

(Formerly known as the Red cycle route)

A great mixture of terrain; fast flowing single track with gentle open areas. This smile inducing trail takes you through beautiful beech woods and weaves in and out of peaceful pine plantations. (Not recommended for under 12's).

Download our z fold cycling guide map (PDF) . Maps are available to purchase from the High Lodge Information Point and the cost is £1. 

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Beater Trail now "blue"?

Anonymous, 15/Jul/2017

Yes the Beater trail is now graded as blue because we have been changing waymarkers to reflect national guidance. New cycle trail maps are available to buy or download.

Forestry Commission Response

The trails are better now it's dried up but thanks to the recent forestry cull of large swathes of trees, there are now a lot of very desolate areas. It won't be long before there's no forest left at this rate and huge areas now resemble the Somme. The timing of the logging has meant that some of the best areas are not available to cyclists which could have been better timed for half-term.

RON F, 6/Apr/2017

The area around High Lodge is a working forest. Forestry operations are planned far in advance in areas where there is busy public access to minimise the impact of diversions.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I did the Beater today (and the Lime), and am delighted to report that they have opened the parts that were subject to diversions earlier this year. This improves the trail immensely.

Lots of flowing single-track that rewards pace. Need to be fit though as being flat you have to pump and pedal. It is a great workout, especially if you do the Lime Burner too.

adrian, 30/May/2015
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