Mountain Biking at Dalby Forest
11th June 2022
11th June 2022
Dalby Forest is a mountain biking a destination with good quality trails.
There are greens, blues, reds and a black, and it is such an extensive area that you can easily spend all day exploring the forest.
The main parking and Visitor Centre are at Low Dalby.
Dalby Forest belongs to Forestry England (formerly the Forestry Commission). It is expensive to park - £10, at the time of writing, but:
There are pay stations. The system is ticket-less and uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition, so you enter your registration number on the screen at the pay station and use a debit or credit card to pay.
You can't pay in the first 30 minutes after arriving (because people just driving through and not parking are not charged), so it's easiest to pay just before leaving.
As well as the main parking is by the Visitor Centre, there are a number of other car parks around the forest.
The Visitor Centre provides information and has a gift shop. It sells trail maps, for £1.50 at the time of writing.
There's a café in the Visitor Centre.
There are WCs by the Visitor Centre.
At the other end of the parking from the Visitor Centre and just across the road is Dalby Courtyard, which is home to Dalby Forest Cycle Hub. The shop does bike hire.
At Dalby Courtyard you can also find:
The trails are shown on an information board (above), and if you wish you can buy a trail map.
Someone has uploaded older but more detailed trail maps to their website here. The trails are listed (but not mapped) on Forestry England's website.
Green multi-user trail, green. 1.7 miles short route/2.8 miles long route. Starts from Dalby Courtyard/Low Dalby.
Blue, 6 miles. Starts from Low Dalby.
Red, 6 miles. From post 12 return to Low Dalby on the escape route.
Along the Ellerburn Trail from Low Dalby. Test your ability on sections of green, blue and red.
Green trail, 8 miles short route/12 miles long route. Starts from Adderstone/ Dixons Hollow.
Red, 7 miles. Starts from Dixons Hollow.
Black, 4 miles. A technical course that was used for a World Cup event in 2011. Steep climbs and challenging descents.
Red, 8.5 miles. Posts 26 to 38, and involves taking other trails to reach the start.
Red, 21 miles. This is the full red route, taking in the other red routes listed here (Newclose Rigg, Jerry Noddle and Riggs & Dales). Posts 1 to 38.
Do you enjoy mountain biking at Dalby Forest? Which is your favourite route? Let me know in the comments.
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