Near Pickering and Thornton-Le-Dale on the south edge of the North York Moors, the Dalby Forest Cycle Trail is a 15 mile route clearly blazed with red arrows by Pace Cycles. Throughout the forest, there are several cycle trails marked with arrows of various colors denoting the level of difficulty:
Green (beginners/family) - 6 miles – a couple of short mountain bike rides on mostly flat terrain.
Blue (easy/moderate) - 8 miles – A simple route on mixed terrain, steep in places.
Red (challenging) - 15 miles – A long route, on variable terrain, needing good technical ability
Black (high technical) - 6.5 miles – A short but challenging route. Some very steep climbs and purpose built descents, needing a high level of technical ability and fitness.
Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. The southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a Rigg and Dale landscape whilst to the north the forest sits on the upland plateau.
Access is via Thornton le Dale on the A170 Helmsley to Scarborough road. Watch for brown Tourist signs. Access is also possible from the north of Scarborough via minor roads through Hackness and Langdale End.
Note: there are 50km of new trails currently under construction and scheduled for completion by December 2007.
Overall, Dalby Forest is the 29th most popular mountain bike trail of all 93 mountain biking rides in UK.