Reviews written by Tibbort

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October 07, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Ride the Donkey

The two red trails, the Dog and the Monkey (or combined- The Donkey) cover about 21km which is just about the right length for most. There is some sneaky climbing involved during the course of the ride which was unexpected given the southern landscape we were in. ...

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September 23, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
Good family trails

The red trail at Mabie benefits from one of the most fun sections in the whole of the 7 Stanes- Descender Bender, a great flowing section in three parts with many berms and jumps. The final traverse/descent is good but beware the Bad Step. The route is...

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Tibbort
August 22, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.5
A bit of hike-a-bike hurt nobody

I rode this route after reading about it in MBR. As usual the ride didn't quite live up to the write-up but it was a good day out nonetheless. I started from a car park by Ladybower reservoir and rode up past the other dams up to the moor. There...

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July 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Great setting for a big country ride

Glentrool. I guess its the Stane that most people avoid, largely because there is no red graded trail, and it the most remote western Stane of them all. We stayed at a nice campsite in the village (Glentrool Holiday Park), riding Dalbeattie on the way there and Mabie on the...

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Tibbort
June 24, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
3.5
Awesome and Gnarly

We had a great afternoon here with the weather in our favour. Thanks to the easy hill gradient we quickly racked up 30km which covered all the main trails and some of them two or three times. The black is very much for the skilled biker and some of the...

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Tibbort
April 27, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Potential for growth

The blue trail here was different to any other trail centre blue i've ever ridden- once off the road there was a nice open feel to it with a heathland theme that you never find at FC trail centres. This means that from the top of the cliffs you can...

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February 04, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
The Very Best of Yorkshire

Where do you start? The easy answer is Swaledale, the most northern and scenic of the Dales. This review won't really do the other Dales justice as I haven't ridden there, except on the road. There is always enough variety and terrain here. Some local knowledge...

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February 04, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Ae Grade Mountain Bike Trails

The red graded trail here seems as though it is going through a sort of transition phase- there is some great well-established singletrack but the new stuff, although of excellent construction and design, sort of feels a bit out of place right now. Perhaps once trees grow up around them...

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Tibbort
November 15, 2013
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Grin Factor 
 
2.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
Nice new track, just seems a bit out of place

You'd have to think that further developments in the biking world are going to happen here, why else would the county council spend so much on a purpose built singletrack trail? Other than this little gem there is nothing to excite the adrenaline seeker. At the...

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October 10, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.5
A good challenge for people who can ride bikes

We rode the XC trail one afternoon after having ridden at Newcastleton in the morning. This made an already tough climb even harder! The climb from the bottom is 425 vertical metres according to Strava, and it feels every yard of that, but once having gained the summit of Minch...

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Tibbort
October 10, 2013 (Updated: October 07, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
3.5
New section gives a great finish to the ride

We visited on a Saturday morning, surely prime time to hit the trails but were surprised to find the place deserted. We saw not a single soul during our ride. On arrival the (free) car park was completely empty. We wondered if this was because of the...

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Tibbort
August 26, 2013 (Updated: August 26, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
2.8
Grin Factor 
 
2.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
3.5
Nice view of the sea...

We visited on a sunny day which gave brilliant views out to the north sea from the top of the red route. We completed this trail. The outward half was mainly forest road with a few ups and downs, ending with a steep climb to the top. Then some singletrack...

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August 21, 2013
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
2.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
2.5
Local Knowledge Pays

Saddleworth is a collection of villages on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border. The area is approximately 20 minutes from Manchester or 30 from Huddersfield by train, and ten minutes from the M62 Junctions 21 or 22. The place is hilly with cracking views into Derbyshire and Jodrell Bank in Cheshire if you...

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August 20, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Great scenery in the Borders

You'd perhaps need a couple of days to complete the red and black trails here. The Deadwater Trail was a good warm up with some very technical climbing over boulders, not helped by a couple of gates to open on the way up. The lonesome pine...

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August 20, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Fun in the depths of Yorkshire

Dalby was the first trail centre I visited approximately three years ago. We started on the blue section and joined the red to complete a decent route. Since then I've been hooked. Most recently we did the red route in May 2013; my speedo suggested it was nearer to 41km...

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August 19, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Mountain Biking on a proper mountain

We rode the red graded Altura Trail in spring 2013. The changeable weather certainly made it a trail of two halves, giving fabulous views on the North trail and a good deluge and thick fog on the South. There is a great deal of climbing to be done here on...

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August 19, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Awesome day out!

This centre has everything. Excellent graded trails, good parking, very accessible. We enjoyed a great run on the red route which has some brilliant downhill after the long Spooky Woods climb. Just don't let your eye wander to the participants of Go-Ape swinging over your head on the final section....

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August 19, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Two great XC trails

The red and black trails are two routes of distinct character- The red route works out at about 21k. the majority of climbing is done on fire road which makes it easier, but there is one solid section of 4km to get you to the top of the hill. Local...

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August 19, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
Lancashire at its best

A good ride out that gets better the more you use it, with terrain to suit everyone, and luckily is rideable in bad weather. There's something new nearly every time you ride thanks to the hard work put in by forestry workers and volunteers to maintain and build the trail....

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