- Blue route? Midlands/sw/mid wales
In summer in a dry day, ‘Follow the Dog’ is not exactly hard, you see a fair number of kids on it. It is an awful slog in the wet / mud though, so do check the weather. I think the ‘red’ ness of it might just refer to it being 8 miles long or something, It is nothing like the same level of difficulty of things like Coed y Brenin etc.Posted 6 years agojoemarshallMember
Think for beginners, FYD is harder than we give credit for
I think you’re right that it isn’t easy, but it is a lot less hard than any of the ‘red’ routes at more mountainous trail centres. I’ve never ridden a ‘blue’ route at other places, but I imagine if you’re looking for singletrack but not as hard as a ‘red’ route, then it probably fits the bill.
I’ve been with a few groups of mountain unicyclists round it as pretty much their first proper off road ride, and they did find it hard work. The good thing about it though is that all the difficult bits (eg.the various little drops) are obvious and easily walked, and on the off chance someone does get too tired, it is pretty easy to get back to the start on the fire roads, you’re never very far from the start because of the shape of the loop.Posted 6 years ago
Done Cannock myself both monkey and dog and dog is too much for my guys. Like the sound of sherwood. Just shows you how forestry commission need to talk to Mtb society more. Recently we were in Kent and the fowl mead blue route near deal/sandwich was just great for kids starting out. Not boring and slight challenges. Had bmx track as well as black and red for dad. Swell
Cmon Cannock, fod and Wyre, have a word!Posted 6 years agoMental MickeyMember
What about away from Trail centres?
Cheeky trails can range from challenging to very easy, a place like Cannock Chase has trails looping all over including easy stuff in the open air around Sherbrook Valley, I’m sure this is the same all over the country.
Why not scope out some stuff and put some decent ‘easy’ loops together for them?Posted 6 years agodjflexureSubscriber
Cannock is great for kids. My son was fine on FTD from age 8 or so. There are even better trails for kids over on the north side of the chase. The blue consists mainly of fireroads is pleasant enough. There are also lots of smaller tracks to explore so its a nice place to ride around with the kids for a half day. Wyre is also good.Posted 6 years ago
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