- Fancy a change
I normally ride natural trails in the Peaks but fancy a bit of a change this weekend so thinking of heading to a trail centre.
Why waste your time going to a trail centre? Especially one in this neck of the woods?
You’ve got Calderdale (Todmorden/Hebden Bridge/Halifax area) and the South Pennines within 30 minutes; Southern Yorkshire Dales within and hour and a half; and the Lakes within 2 hours. So much more variety, no groms to deal with, and miles and miles of some of the best trails in the country. And it’s free too.Posted 4 years agomrblobbyMember
What’s Dalby like? A bit of internet searching suggests it’s a bit of a mile muncher without too many interesting bits.
It is. Second half is probably better than the first. Better in the dry too. Always seems to be a stupid uphill hairpin just when you’re starting to get some good flow. Did it off the back of a week at Glentress and in comparison it was not much fun.Posted 4 years agoSinglespeed_ShepMember
What’s Dalby like? A bit of internet searching suggests it’s a bit of a mile muncher without too many interesting bits
Its worth going to, but 9 out 10 reviews are from the “never ride a trail center its not mountain biking you should stick to golf, brigade”
There has been a few new features put in, and if you mix the bits of black it’ll be a good ride. I also think its in pretty good condition at the moment.
I think its one of the better northern England trail centers, but i personally enjoy Whinlatter more. A lot more climbing there. There are plenty of climbs at Dalby but all pretty short.Posted 4 years agoflyingmonkeycorpsMember
I like Gisburn, but it’s definitely contoury. What about Lee Quarry or Stainburn? Both more “sessiony” but good fun. Or you could probably get to Llandegla in less than a couple of hours, that seems to be pretty highly rated.
Not a huge fan of Dalby myself, it’s one to smash round as quickly as possible rather than to play on the descents, put it that way.
You could also hit Grizedale in around 2 hours I reckon, which I wouldn’t recommend for just the trailcentre, but mix it up with some of the natural descents in the area too and you’re onto a winner.Posted 4 years agomrblobbyMember
I think its one of the better northern England trail centers, but i personally enjoy Whinlatter more. A lot more climbing there. There are plenty of climbs at Dalby but all pretty short.
Whinlatter is great, go there instead!
The black bits (at least the ones on the WC XC course) at Dalby can be quite tricky in the wet. Didn’t get to do them last time I rode there when they did the Dalby Dare as marshals were too busy stretchering people off them!Posted 4 years ago
I normally ride natural trails in the Peaks but fancy a bit of a change this weekend so thinking of heading to a trail centre. What would your recommendation be for somewhere within 2 hrs of West Yorkshire (Marsden to be precise). Ideally I prefer a few climbs and descents, rather than contouring stuff like Cannock Chase. Fireroads are acceptable for gaining elevation. Currently thinking of trying Gisburn, is that a good option or would I be better off elsewhere?Posted 4 years ago
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