You'll find purpose-built mountain bike trails in the superb Dalby Forest, England's largest trail centre and and home to a round of the UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup in 2010 and 2011.
Forestry Commission managed woods often provide great sites for beginner cyclists through to advanced mountain bikers. Yorkshire's premier cycling venue, Dalby Forest, located in the North York Moors National Park, has an award winning visitor centre and an array of world class facilities and trails for cyclists.
Explore over 50 miles of trails, with woodland cycling for a range of abilities. From peaceful routes along Ellerburn Valley to challenging climbs and sweeping singletrack, as well as north shore features, with stunning views across the North York Moors, there is something for all levels of ability. From green routes suitable for people with a modest level of fitness, through to red routes that require a high level of fitness and stamina, to the black route that is only suitable for experienced mountain bikers. Start the green, red and blue routes from Low Dalby. Green, red and black routes can also be started from Dixon's Hollow car park in the middle of the forest.
Want to improve or test out your freeride and jump skills? Then head to Dixon's Hollow Pace Bike Park. For the more technically skilled cyclist, Dixon's Hollow is a great adventure! A good standard of fitness and very high level of technical skills are needed. Ride the freestyle loop, jump the table tops and test your nerve on the skinnies... Dixon's Hollow is a partnership between the Forestry Commission, Pace Cycles and SingletrAction - Yorkshire's trail building club.
Have a go
Access is via the A169 Pickering to Whitby road. Look for brown tourist signs. There is an admission charge of £7 per car, different rates apply for other vehicles. An excellent value season ticket is available.
You'll need a mountain bike in good working order, suitable outdoor clothing and we recommend a cycle helmet. Bike a bit muddy? You'll find a bike wash at Dalby Bike Barn (official Forestry Commission operator) in the Courtyard; Dalby Bike Barn along with Gone Mountain Biking and Big Bear Bikes offer guided rides in the area, taking you straight to the best trails. Refreshments are available at the Tree Tops Restaurant in the Visitor Centre.
Also, Dalby Bike Barn provides bike hire and guided rides for all abilities and operates a traditional bike shop for all your cycling needs. Located in the heart of the Great Yorkshire Forest in Dalby with fabulous trails to explore on two wheels. This is cycling in Yorkshire at its best and nothing beats a ride through Dalby - England's Great Yorkshire Forest.
If you like Dalby Forest... you'll love these trails too.
Guisborough Woods, North York Moors: good for beginners, there's a short blue trail of 4.5 miles to try.
Otley Chevin Forest Park, Otley, West Yorkshire: The Chevin Forest Park has an easily accessible network of bridleways for off-road biking on the Danefield side of The Chevin, east of East Chevin Road, accessed from the Shawfield car parks. A total of 6.5km of bridleways can be combined into a number of circular routes.
Wharncliffe Woods, Grenoside, Nr Sheffield: former Downhill UCI Mountain Bike World champion, Yorkshire's own Steve 'Peaty' Peat, trains here and it's best known for its highly technical downhill runs; more suitable for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers.
Stainburn, north of Otley, just into North Yorkshire: A network of super technical trails for real enthusiasts, and a couple of short red trails for more intermediate mountain bikers. Check out the black trail clip below, courtesy of SingltrAction, a totally volunteer run organisation dedicated to making trails happen and who built this, the most technical black graded route in England.
Stainburn Forest Black Trail
Everyone who rides, loves riding new, quality trails but do you realise the amount of volunteer time and effort it takes to develop and maintaining them? SingltrAction exists due to the hard work of a relatively small group of people from many walks of life who are united by a love of trails and the riding that can be had. They are backed up by a slightly larger group of volunteers trail builders who sacrifice riding time to do the organising, raise the money and wield the tools that make dreams become a reality.
Right now they're holding monthly Volunteer Trail Building Days at:
- Stainburn Forest, nr Otley and Harrogate, North Yorkshire
- Guisborough Forest, North York Moors National Park
- Dalby Forest, nr Pickering, North York Moors National Park
Plus they have a few sessions at Buck Woods and a new project at Rawcliffe Park in York.
SingletrAction Volunteers, putting Yorkshire on the Mountain Biking Map