Review by: 3dmichael on 28 August 2011
Tough hill but worth it
I love this route we've done it a few times and never tire of it. The route has a nice mix of trails and the end downhill is just brilliant worth the hill climb before it.
Review by: AC on 15 August 2010
Done this trail a few times now and the first couple of times, it did have me on the soft mossy ground. It makes a real difference, especially for those who are used to the popular mtbing centres, such as Hammers and even Kielder and really bring XC back down to earth.
There are some lung bursting killer ups as said by Mega above, but they do offer a good challenge and you are rewarded by the down that follows.
After having not done the trail for a few months, I cannot wait to get back on it this summer.
Review by: mega_waster on 25 July 2010
Tough but rewarding. Better dry. Long climbs and exposed to wind. Gates.
The first couple of times I did this trail I loved it and hated it. Before the last descent there is a killer climb up what we like to call "The Death Hill". It is hard as hell and you'll struggle to even out run the flies but, the intitial part of the climb is the toughest so get past that first crest and you'll be fine if you have some stamina. The descent back to Edmundbyers is the pay back with a fast-as-you-can-pedal thrill over weathered ground with multipul lines a plenty. Not one one for beginners really. A lot of the trail is easy enough but the long climbs of which there are two, and the stoney, narrow single track across the moorland from Slaley Forest will have beginners beaten and sickened. This would be a 10 even with the sections of road, but the nasty/boring road climb and all the bloody gates knock it down to an 8 for me. Probably the best non purpose built trail for xc I've come across in the North East. Beware the weather. 8 mph wind is about the limit for me and if there's been rain latley it will collect in some huge puddles, so soaking wet feet and backside is guaranteed. If you like the sound of it, ride it, you'll love it!