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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

4 1/2 miles miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

An easy/moderate trail of 4 1/2 miles. The route includes climbs and ascents requiring some cycling skills and fitness. The route is waymarked with blue arrows on posts.

What do other visitors say?

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Anonymous, 26/Jul/2018
1 Star 1 Star

It is very unfortunate that there is so much scope to have an unreal mountain bike trail centre and there is no official Red or black trail for experienced mountain bikers. It is very strange that the forestry commission do not support the local area by bringing mountain bikers to the area with a trail centre. The good trails that have been built have no support from the local forestry commission and they quickly wear out due to them needing materials like hardcore when the groves wear in.

Im not expecting anything to happen in a hurry because it looks like they couldn't even put in any signs for the blue route thats someone complained about over two years a go.

Ste has, 13/May/2016

Thank you for your comments. Unfortunately the red route in Guisborough does not conform to our grading system and would need significant investment to allow this to conform which the Forestry Commission does not have. We will allow the trail to be ridden as a wild trail but we will not invest in this trail at the current time. Yorkshire Forest District has a major trail Centre at Dalby Forest where we continue to provide good quality trails to a standard that is expected. I am sorry that we are unable to do this everywhere and limited resources mean we have to priorities our efforts. Thank you again for your comments.

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What's Here?

  • Play area
  • Arboreta
  • Features 200 species of conifers and broadleaves - many interesting species.
  • Camping
  • The Covert Caravan Club Site is located adjacent to High Ash. Set in Forestry Commission woodland, this is a quiet, secluded site ideal for caravanners, motor caravanners and trailer tenters. Please telephone 01842 878356 for more information.
  • Horse riding
  • The Forestry Commission has a Open Access policy for horse riding. As a consequence there are very few way-marked trails in the forest. O.S.Explorer map 229 shows areas owned by the Forestry Commission and open to the public to ride. Deboxing areas can be found at the east end of the Harling Drove (FR23) and north of the railway line at Santon Downham. The areas north of the railway line are best suited to horse riding as this is away from the concentration of visitors using High Lodge and the cycling trails. Please observe all signs especially those relating to 'Forest Operation'.
  • Picnic
  • You are welcome to picnic here but please do not BBQ.
  • Walking
  • The 5 mile Orange walk (short cut available) can also be accessed from Santon Downham. It has interpretation around the walk on some of the fascinating history and wildlife of the area. A map of the walk around St Helens and Santon Downham is available from Forest Office (office hours only), or you could dowload a copy before you visit.
  • Visitor centre
  • The
  • Wildlife
  • A good site for wildlife watching.
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OS Grid ref: NZ 586152

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