If you’ve never heard of Dalby Forest, you’re really missing out. This slice of cycling heaven in the North York Moors is a stunning place to visit. Even if you have heard of it before, did you know how much it has on offer? It’s suitable for everyone; even if you can’t ride a bike! Read on to find out the five things you never knew about Dalby Forest.
1. Try cross Country & World Class Mountain Biking
If you’re in search of a challenge, Dalby Forest is home to a several varied and challenging trails. Choose from the Dixon’s Hollow Bike Park, the 6 mile Blue Trail, the 21.5 mile Red Trail or take on the 4 mile Black graded World Cup Trail. There’s some tough riding here no matter your ability. The World Cup Trail is described as ‘a short but challenging route on variable terrain. Expect some very steep climbs and challenging descents. Expect large and unavoidable features’.
2. Beginners are welcome
Despite some extremely challenging trails on offer, Dalby Forest still welcomes beginners with open arms. There is even a dedicated trail, the Ellerburn Family Cycle Route, that is safe for learning how to ride a bike. For anyone who can already ride but might be lacking in confidence, there is the Green Cycle Route. This gentle trail has mixed terrain and is perfect for picking up confidence in a safe environment.
3. Hire everything you need
This summer, bike hire is coming to Dalby Forest. No longer will you need to worry about owning and transporting bikes to enjoy this beautiful place. The offering will soon include hardtail and electric mountain bikes, lightweight, smaller bikes for kids and over 50 adapted bikes for disabled riders. Not only that, but bike hire will also include extra equipment such as helmet, pump, bottle cage and saddle bag containing a puncture repair kit, multi-tool and spare inner tube.
4. Learn about the natural environment
As well as being a brilliant place to get active, Dalby Forest also offers ample opportunities for children to learn more about the natural environment. As well as offering support to school groups there are also environmental education sessions to take part in. These include activities such as shelter building or minibeast hunting. For more family fun, pick up an activity pack when you arrive.
5. There are more ways to get active
The breadth of cycling opportunities here means cycling always gets more than the lion’s share of attention. However, there is to much more to enjoy here than getting about on two wheels. Choose from segways, adventure trails, orienteering, Go Ape or trail running. There’s even a parkrun held here every Saturday morning. So, even if you really don’t want to hop on a bike, there are plenty of ways to appreciate this lovely place.