Dalby Forest - Red Run

Dalby Forest offers fantastic walking, and especially cycling, opportunities.

Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. Although the forest comprises mostly pines and spruces, there are many broadleaf trees such as oak, beech, ash, alder and hazel both in the valleys and on the 'Riggs'. Clear streams flowing from springs run north and south out of the forest. A lake has been created at Staindale.

The forest is a wonderful home for a plethora of bird life, along with roe deer and badgers. The signs of past settlers are all around. Burial mounds, linear earthworks of unknown purpose and the remains of a flourishing rabbit-warrening industry can be found throughout the wood. A network of forest roads, including the 9-mile Dalby Forest Drive, provide access to this outstanding landscape. Formed in the Ice Age and shaped by the people from the Bronze Age to the present day, Dalby Forest is well worth visiting.

Go Ape! and take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings, all set up at up to 120 feet above the forest floor. Dalby Forest offers fantastic walking, and especially cycling, opportunities.

All of the trails follow a colour based grading system.

Green - easier

Suitable for novice cyclists. Trails are mostly surfaced but may be loose, uneven or muddy at times. Climbs and descents are mostly shallow.

Blue - moderate

Suitable for intermediate mountain bikers. Trails are approximately 1 metre wide and may include small obstacles such as roots and rocks. Mostly moderate gradients but may include steep sections.

Red - difficult

Suitable for proficient mountain bikers. Trails are mostly single track, and surfaces vary and may be challenging. They contain steeper and tougher climbs and descents.

Black - severe

Suitable for expert mountain bikers. Black routes include any rideable or useable trail and may have large steps and drop offs. They include prolonged, steep, loose or rocky climbs and descents.

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