- Hamsterley Forest, worth a go?
Wondering about going to Hamsterley Forest for some XC action with some mates in a few weeks. Just wondered if it was worth going there? Whats it like in the winter, and are the trails easy to follow, some reports I’ve seen say it’s a bit of a nightmare to navigate as the waymarks are bad. Is it a good day out?
Yes or No!
Cheers.Posted 7 years agonodrog2Member
Hamsterley has some great stuff but all the best bits are not way marked. The new stuff like section 13 and transmission are excellent but have been cut up by the harsh winter. If its been raining for any period of time probably best avoided as well. If you can get a local to show you around then its a great place to ride. Maybe try the trailblazers.Posted 7 years agomoose2008Member
I find the red mind numbing, but the black I really like. I usually do a few laps of the black and leave the red well alone. Theres some nice technical climbing and some decent flowing decents. It can be slippery in the wet and has a few roots etc. but all adds to the technbical challenge. I like it, it depends how far you are travelling though, I travel 20 odd miles and think it’s worth it for a change. I usually ride it in the dark but that shouldn’t make any difference.Posted 7 years ago
What he suggests is a pretty good route.
A lot of the red route is long fire road climbs that lead onto more fire road.
The link above is a good way to ride Hamsterley. Ride the black and Section 13 and link it with the 121 race route which includes some unmarked stuff and the new red section called Transmission.
There’s not too much fire road then and is just to gain height to fun descents.Posted 7 years ago
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