- Top 5 English Trail Centres – what are yours and why?
- The PinksterSubscriber
Which English (sorry Wales, Scotland & NI) would you think rate in the top 5 trail centres in England at the moment and what makes them so good?
I’ve ridden many in Wales & Scotland but seem to default to just a couple in England, usually Cannock & FoD.
So which other ones should I head for?Posted 2 years agonorthernmattMember
I used to go to Hamsterley almost weekly but it got a bit samey even with the unmarked trails. They have put some new stuff in recently but I still can’t bring myself to go back, especially since they have doubled the parking charge (I know, get a discovery pass etc etc).
I went off trail centres a few years back. Jsut go to the Peak District, it’s bettererer.Posted 2 years ago
In England there’s not really any genuinely good ones, with the possible exception of Whinlatter, we’re really deprived compared to Wales and especially Scotland.
The English ones are fine, but tend not to be anywhere with gradient or have any actually technical or hard trails. Places like Cannock and Sherwood Pines are, to be honest, a bit crap.Posted 2 years ago
I used to go to Hamsterley almost weekly but it got a bit samey even with the unmarked trails.
Blimey – its good but anywhere would get dull if you went every week. I used to go in the winter when the moors were naff, or when I only had a half day riding on my own, or after work occasionally (was the wrong direction home!).Posted 2 years agoteethgrinderSubscriber
Two marked trails. One an obviously man made, armoured surface thing, the other totally natural-looking dust-fest in the dry, slop-fest in the wet.
And loads of unofficial trails all over the place ranging from stupidly almost unrideable steep to fast, flowy fun.
And free parking or 30 mins away on the bike.Posted 2 years agothestabiliserMember
Whinlatter – blue is as good as anyPosted 2 years ago
Hamsterley – nice mixture of stuff
Cannock – really good use of what’s available, also some nice pootly bway stuff
Gisburn – bit weird and lacks flow in places but a good xc blast
Grizedale – NF a bit crap but loads developing around the site (not even counting bways)ads678Member
1. Stainburn – at number one because it’s the best, just wish it could be longer.
2. Grenoside – just good for a fun blast if you’re short one time, which I usually am.
3. Gisburn – I like it.
Hamsterley – Have only been a couple of times but it seems good. Mate does the DH there loads but i’m too scared….
Only others i’ve been to in England are Dalby and Cannonck.
Dalby has good bits but the red is not techy enough to be fun. The blue is better.
Cannock – only been once and did follow the dog (before the ‘official’ monkey trail was built), was ok I suppose.
Lakes and Peaks win hands down though!!Posted 2 years agoLucasMember
I like Whinlatter, I like Cannock and think they’ve done a good job on the Monkey getting in the climbs and descents.
Also enjoying Sherwood Pines red at the moment – its just the right length (10 miles) and level of technicality to make my 6 and 8 years old boys feel like they’ve done a proper ride and has the benefit that they can clean all the ‘climbs’ (some of which look pretty big when you’re 6 on 20inch wheels)Posted 2 years ago
I think if Dalby wasn’t in the North York Moors, ie, somewhere without stunning natural riding, then folk wouldn’t be complaining about a long pedally red in the woods. Take it for what it is, throw in some of the black bits and the more techy bits from the national and world cup xc course and you should have a decent outing.Posted 2 years agowhitestoneMember
We used to live in Rosedale and would only go to Dalby if the natural trails were waterlogged or slutch. The red’s an old skool ride, think along the lines of The North Face trail in Grizedale. Bikes have moved on but the trail hasn’t. From memory some of the black route used to be on the red before they added stuff to the red – it all changed from when we lived there (17 years ago) to when we went back a few years later.Posted 2 years agosofaboy73 wrote:
In England there’s not really any genuinely good ones, with the possible exception of Gisburn
clearly a typo
Gisburn isn’t really very good. Not bad if you live round there and everything else is soaked though, which is what trail centres are particularly great at.Posted 2 years agochakapingSubscriber
Went up Gisburn weekend before last, the trailbuilders have been doing some sterling work and it makes a nice varied loop (or rather figure of eight).
You do need to do a couple of laps and incorporate some of the DH bits and the Hope line to make it worth the long drive in though.Posted 2 years ago
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