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Blue Cycling Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

6 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Having a rest on a family cycle trail.

Start the Blue Cycle Trail from Dalby Visitor Centre trail start in Low Dalby. 

After a challenging but short section of singletrack, the route turns right on to Housdale Rigg. Enjoy new singletrack past the Jubilee plantation and new sweeping berms which link on to duel use singletrack. Take in amazing views across the valley to Low Dalby as you enjoy the new decent of large flowing berms and rollers.  

Take care when passing the Ellerburn training trail on your left or ride it while you're there! The trail is designed in three small loops increasing in difficulty starting with the bottom loop.

Why not use the Blue Cycle Trail as a gate way to the wider forest? Once you've bought a map from the Visitor Centre you can jump on to different trails to increase the length of your ride. 

Watch this space for another New Blue Cycle Trail section at Flainsey Rigg!

All cycle trail waymarkers in Dalby, Guisborough and Stainburn use square posts with square signs. Every post has a bike symbol in it.

Please take your litter home with you



What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Completed the blue trail today with my 10 year old grandson. Thoroughly enjoyed the trail and will certainly do again.

Amanda Hunt, 9/Jun/2018

What is the app called as I can not find it on the App Store?

Anonymous, 16/May/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

Really enjoyed the blue trail, being only a casual mountain biker it was both fun and challenging. Actually cycled it twice in two days, the first day I followed it fully, but the last section where the blue route splits from the red route is more like a bmx jump track. On the second day after looking at the map on the app (the website version is out of date) I carried on along the red route instead until I reached the tarmac road, then turned off left and had a nice fast downhill back to the village which clear off some of the mud. This section of the red route is pretty much the same as the blue route apart from a steep dip half way along, but walked the bike down that bit. This detour extended the blue route a little and made it just that bit more enjoyable.

Roy, 24/Mar/2017

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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
  • Is located near Dalby Bike Barn
  • Forest drive
  • Admission Charge
    March to October
    9.00 before 4pm,
    5 after 4pm
    Nov to Feb
    5 all day
    Motorcycles free
    Mini-buses 205.00
    Coaches 40.00 (must book in advance)
    Discovery Pass 54
    7 Day Pass 25
    The forest drive is open 7.30am to 8.00pm.
    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 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
  • Staindale Lake has a resident population of mallard and tufted ducks as well as Canada geese. Occasional visitors include dabchick, goldeneye and heron. The bird feeding station provides close-up views of many woodland species including siskin, great-spotted woodpecker, bullfinch and coal tit.
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OS Grid ref: SE 857875
Postcode: YO18 7LT

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