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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

10 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

(Formerly known as the Black cycle route)

The Lime Burner Trail is for experienced riders only. This trail provides the chance to hone your riding skills with crests and dips, bomb holes and single track. 'The Beast' towards the end of the trail is a fantastic roller coaster ride of ups, downs and tight corners, perfect if you are looking for an adrenaline rush. 

High levels of skill, experience and off-road knowledge with a high level of endurance fitness is required. This route is NOT suitable for riders under sixteen years old. 

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

I rode the Lime Burner trail yesterday and enjoyed it very much. Quite a fast flowing and smooth trail, with 'The Beast' at the end providing slightly more technical riding, although it is more of a 'family' red trail, than a demanding red trail. The pump track wasn't open, but looks like it will be a lot of fun when it is.

The car park price is ridiculous though. I'd recommend looking at a map and parking elsewhere and starting/finishing the trail in somewhere other than the centre, as I think 9 is far to much to park for 4 hours. Especially as there are better and more varied trails to ride in the UK for less than half the price and you can park there all day.

Joseph Prime, 28/Dec/2016

Thank you for your comments, we are glad you had a great time riding the trails. The parking fee you refer to is the site entry fee, which contributes to the upkeep of the whole site including the play areas, the maintenance of existing trails and the development of new ones. Purchasing an annual Discovery Pass at 58 represents good value for money and includes additional benefits for all of the family.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Great for families and friends alike but to create repeat business possibly more trails or build some extra things to get people to come more! so much potential here to really be a big cycling attraction!

Archie, 17/Nov/2016

Thank you for your feedback, yes High Lodge is a great place for all of the family. During the summer months there are more attractions on site for visitors. The cycle trails are being continually improved and updated throughout the year as part of a rolling programme of improvement. Our trails rangers are holding an open meeting on the 1st December at Oak Lodge to take any questions regarding the trails and future plans, why not drop in and find out what is planned. Thank you.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I have ridden the Lime Burner trail a number of times and am saddened by the number of discarded plastic drinks bottles being dropped by others on the route. It's such a beautiful place to cycle and presumably most of the people using it appreciate this and are keen cyclists, as you rarely see anyone walking this trail. Why then are the some of same cyclists being so selfish and irresponsible when it comes to littering? Please don't drop your empty bottles!

Luke Hall, 17/May/2016
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