- Trail/forest centre to take my 10 year old son
@toxicsoks – Thetford is our local, so wanted to go away, have some post-SAT bonding time.
@franki – yeah, that’s what I was thinking as well. He burst into tears in the pyrenees last year on long climbs – keen not to repeat that.
Not heard of Llandegla before – big enough for a weekend?Posted 8 years agotinsyMember
mmm, I would think twice about Penhydd myself its got a pretty long firetrack climb to start with, worth the effort but might be sould destroying for a nipper. How about Chicksands? got lots to play on and a short XC loop, not a weekend destination but in driving distance for a nice day out from Norfolk…Posted 8 years agogarnyamMember
Newcastleton would be perfect for him, I live in the Lakes but found Newcastleton excellent for my 10 year old to learn to ride singletrack without any mega climbs. There is also some north shore stuff there to play on. Good cafe in the village as well, mega all day breakfast.Posted 8 years agollamaMember
Depends how up for it he is.
For trail centres around that age mine liked FoD, Timberland, and Cwm Carn (climb on road, or better – take uplift).
One of mine at that age wrote a story for school entitled ‘Uplift Day at Mount Mojo’ in fact 🙂
A mates done Penhydd with his kids, about that age, but it took a long time.
I think Bechfa blue would be a similarly good long ride.
Last year in the alps I saw a guy towing his kid up a long climb using a long luggage strap. Kid was pedalling a bit but its not as full on for them. Wish I had thought of that.Posted 8 years agoDeeWMember
I’ve had my 6 year old round Llandegla & he loved it. Bitch of a fire-road climb to start with though: luggage strap a good idea: I pushed him.
The climbs on the Marin Trail bore me senseless. I think the whole lot would risk putting my lads off biking forever. I got my wife to shuttle us to ‘the top’ near the lakes and we did a decent descent from there.
Took my 9 year old round the short loop at Penmachno. We both really enjoyed it, but a fair bit more of a technical challenge for him (and bigger drops if you get it wrong!) than either Llandegla or Marin.
New singletrack at Sherwood Pines sounds very child friendly but yet to try that.
DavePosted 8 years ago
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