Guide to the Grading

The cycle trails have been graded according to their level of difficulty and challenge and are designed to provide a progression for those trying out mountain biking for the first time to those with more advanced skills and ability. The green trail is an easy route for beginners, the blue trails require a bit of off road experience, whilst the red trails are for more experienced mountain bikers. Use the details below to choose an appropriate trail to ride on.

Green Grade - easy trails

  • Green grade trails are suitable for: beginner or novice cyclists.

  • Bike required: most bikes and mountain bike hybrids are suitable.

  • Trail surface and types: these will be mainly single track routes but relatively flat. The trail surface might be loose, uneven or muddy at times.

  • Gradients and technical trail features: climbs and descents are mostly shallow. No challenging features.

  • Suggested fitness level: suitable for most people in good health. May be suitable for people with medical conditions subject to medical advice.


Blue Grade - moderate trails

  • Blue grade trails are suitable for: intermediate cyclists or mountain bikers with basic off-road riding skills.

  • Bike required: basic mountain bike or mountain bike hybrid.

  • Trail and surface types: mainly specially constructed single track trails. Trail surface might be loose, uneven or muddy at times and may include small obstacles including low boardwalks and small berms.

  • Gradients and technical trail features: most gradients are moderate but might include short steep sections and include small technical trail features.

  • Suggested fitness level: suitable for most people in good health with a reasonable standard of fitness.

 


Red Grade - challenging trails

  • Red grade trails are suitable for: experienced mountain bikers with good off-road skills.

  • Bike required: good quality off-road mountain bike.

  • Trail and surface types: steeper and tougher. Mostly single track with technical sections. Expect variable surface types.

  • Gradients and technical trail features: a wide range of climbs and descents of a challenging nature will be present. Expect raised boardwalks. berms and large rocks.

  • Suggested fitness level: a higher level of fitness and stamina is required.

 

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