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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

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?

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
2 Stars 2 Stars

Is it so hard to update your website or at least put up signs to say that parts of trails are closed It disappointing to say the least.

Mike G , 2/May/2015

Trail information and closures can be found on the High Lodge today pages of the High Lodge website updated daily.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

I rode the Beater followed by the Lime yesterday lunchtime, 24th April 2015.

Quite a lot of diversions in place cutting out trial and sending you on Fire Roads (yawn). There are some nice, fast sections of trail to hone cornering and berm technique though on the Beater. This trial does not have much technical challenge at all. There are no jumps to speak of.

Anyone who grew up in the 70s or 80s, would have rode this sort of terrain from age 6 onwards without thinking every day in the summer holidays, helmet-less and on a Raleigh Grifter or something like that. It is a sign of the times and almost laughable that this is now deemed a 'Red Route' for MTBs.

I would say it makes a good warm up for the Lime Burner which is a lot more fun.

adrian, 25/Apr/2015
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