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Trail Variety
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Skills Development
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Gawton
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Top place. My first haunt. Great camp sites nearby with friendly pubs.

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Good Points
Fun rain or shine.

Easy walk up.

Progressive trails.

Well kept.
Bad Points
More trails would be good. Longer flowly would be nice.

Would you recommend?
Yes
MJ
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Some if the best Uk DH/freeride
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.5
All in all, go there.. certainly the best venues for DH in south west and its been described as some of the best in the UK.

Well scaled trails mean its not downhill specific and certain trails can be ridden on just about anything.

Great passionate people

Bacon sandwiches available

Training available on site by a current world cup downhiller, you need to book in advance but hes pretty cheap for a full days tuition.

Cheap!!! @ £5 a go or £40 for a year its cheap and all money made goes back into the site...

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Good Points
Stunning views and beautiful woodlabd surround both sites. The trails themselves are painstakingly build a dedicated team of experienced volunteers and no matter what your skill level there are full trails to ride. Obviously if your Steve Peat then this is a very small venue but for most of us... its a great mix of trails and a solid and supportive community. I have not met a single rider not willing to chat and have made some great friends. My favorite part is tavi woodlands though, less racer focused than most of gawton and often quieter, there are trails amongst trails and awesome little features tucked away on offshoot lines... I have been riding tavi woods for over a decade and still find new stuff when I explore.
Bad Points
Few if any bad points really, both sites are fairly easy to find but woodlands could certainly benifit from a postcode added to the website or even just gps coordinates for the carpark and better signage.

As the place is volunteer run you can sometimes find that a few of the trails are in need of repair in places, especially in December - March in the bad weather... it does always get done but it can take time.

Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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Tavi woodlands
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
2.0
I would recommend but not for beginners.

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Good Points
Awesome place to ride and lots of friendly riders, alot of variety of tracks, possible on both hardtails and full suspension. Riders all very friendly and quick to come to your help when you have an off.
Bad Points
At tavi it's very hard to gain confidence if you are a beginner as alot of the trails are very technical but if you pick and choose your sections you can get around this.

Tavi trails are also not signposted so you would have no idea if you were bombing down a double black or blue.

Trails are also very hard to follow in some places.

Jumps are positioned wrong with rough ramps, rocks sticking out everywhere. It seems although there is to much jumps in a small track. There's huge take offs with another jump right ontop of it, potential for disaster if you underestimate It.
Would you recommend?
Yes
H
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Awesome
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Awesome place, go!!

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Bad Points
Not great for beginners
Would you recommend?
Yes
ME
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Fantastic!
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
I have been a member here for a year and a half now, and regularly make the trip from Exeter to ride these fantastic, World quality trails just make sure you buy a day pass/membership before visiting!

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Good Points
Track by Track:
HSD: It stands for high speed descent and doesn't disappoint! First track I ever rode here, and one I still use as a warm up each time. This is a fast, flowing descent that can be ridden on any bike. The quicker you go the better it gets! Each transition can be pumped or popped to link it together and chasing your mates down it is great fun.

Proper Job: The newest of the four tracks at Gawton. It opened last year and subsequently held the South West Championships. Conceived as a stepping stone between the red HSD and the two black runs it is easy to see why it has become instantly and unanimously popular. it features the same fast flowing blueprint set up by HSD but combines it with big, bike park style turns, small jumps and drops and fiendish rock gardens. A fantastic adrenaline fuelled ride from the opening slalom to the snaking switchback finale.

Egypt: In a word, technical. What awaits you from the off is a steep rooty nightmare that will require some serious skills to clean effectively. Along the way you'll encounter flat sections where keeping speed is essential, a large, multiple line choice rock garden and tight, steep, alpine style switchbacks. As hard as it is, the rewarding feeling at the end is unbeatable.

Super Tavi: A perfect combination of all the above. Fast flowing sections combine with technical switchbacks to form the most challenging of all the tracks. The two large road gaps may look intimidating, but are avoidable, and it's well worth testing yourself against the rest of the track. Also, Woodland Riders have a timing system in place so you can test yourself against pros such as Gee Atherton and Aaron Gwin!

So there you have it, four varied and exciting tracks, downhill perfection!
Bad Points
The punishment for all the lovely downtime is an unfortunately long push up. How ever, recently a new, surfaced , smooth push up has been installed to make it a bit easier and an uplift has started running for those that wish. It is a bout a twenty minute walk and I wouldn't expect to get more than 10 full runs in in a day.

The car park also has some cafe and changing facilities but they have never been open when I go so I can't comment on them
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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