Big Views Loop

Big Views Loop Stats

Grade: Green - Easy
Distance: 8Km
Singletrack: 30%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1 - 2 hrs

Mabie has hills (like it or not!) but with the Big Views loop, you'll be rewarded with some great views over the Solway Firth and the Nith estuary without too much climbing.

 

The route mostly on forest road has been laid out to keep to the shallowest gradients in the forest, giving you an easy enjoyable ride and a good overall feel for the forest. There are several stopping points and viewpoints along the way.

Dalshinnie Glen

Leaving the cyclists' car park (at the top of the main car park), all routes climb a short tarmac road and enter the forest behind Mabie steading. You soon leave the forest road on a well-graded climbing path through mixed open woodland to join a wide forest track. The way opens out as you reach the Dalshinnie Glen.

 

At the top of the track, bear left onto the forest road. Turn right at the next junction and gently climb around the hill back in to the trees again. After a stretch the road forks. Bear left and head to the top of a short, easy singletrack descent.

Dumfries and the Nith

At the bottom turn right onto the forest road. The route continues (via a very short hill) to a delightful cruise though larch trees, with fine views over Dumfries and the river Nith.

 

Continue on the forest road. Another very gentle climb brings you to the Marthrown of Mabie Outdoor Centre, and from here, it’s all downhill back to the car park.

 

Looking to step up a level? Why not try Mabie's blue-graded Woodhead Loop?

The Trails view grading charts

Visitor Comments

Eric Paterson
03/10/14
Great day out for my wife and I, there are some big climbs but some good gearing and a wee push should see you through.
Chris
16/09/14
Great views and a good workout. Our 7 year old struggled with the hills but I managed to pull him up most of them. I certainly got a good workout.
Luke
13/10/13
Did this today with 6yo who had great fun and not too many hills for. Only downside was getting a puncture from a drawing pin on trail?! Luckily had a spare inner tube.
Tommy from Leeds
02/05/13
nice easy trail
Steve C and Heather
12/10/12
Both enjoyed this trail while kids at school. Lots of uphill, but lots of down hill too. Really had us novices puffing and panting, but loved every minute of it. Not really suitable for young kiddies.
STEVE, HEV AND KIDS
23/09/12
First time out with kids on a proper off road trail. 4 year old found uphill hard, but loved the downhill. Only did 3km and used escape route back to cafe. Great 1st time out. We'll be back!
tony
07/06/12
my 7 year old daughter and i did this loop and thought it was awesome!!! brilliant views,brilliant single track,WELL COOL!!!
Paul, Amanda + kids
23/05/11
Although not really technical,the forest road is very rough in some places and kids could not pedal on it as it was just too rough.
Gail
15/05/10
Great route, good layout; does exactly what it says on the tin! I struggled a bit at first but the climbs are well worth it for the downhills. Had one kid in a seat and one on tag along and still managed, they loved it as well.
Bertie
10/05/10
Due to an embarassing lack of fitness I struggled at first but the route is great for beginners, the little bit of single track is great, the views are spectacular and the final descent is awesome! Well planned, well signposted and everything the guide on this website says it is - there is no reason not to do it!
Paul
31/08/09
A really enjoyable and breathtaking ride. Well managed and planned. Do it.

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Facilities

Catering

 

Mabie café is open on a Saturday and Sunday 10am until 4pm (weather permitting)

Parking

  1. Car parking is available at the trail head and costs £3 per day.

Toilets

Toilet facilities are on site, near the trail head.

Bike Hire

The Shed Bike Hire is now closed on week days.

Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm

All weather dependant.

For bike hire details go to:

www.cycle-centre.com

or phone 07881819927

alternatively,

Gorsebank Bike Hire, Dalbeattie (15 miles away) 01556 610174 or 07814 501214

www.gorsebank.com pre-booking advisable

 

Trail Conditions

Current at 28th November 2014 

Trails: Two sections of single track on the Darkside trail are closed: 'Vadsirs Lair' and 'The Race Track' . All other trails are open.

Conditions: Due to recent high winds please take care as there may be trees down. We are currently checking all trails.

Diversions: None

More Info:  Contact the FC ranger service on 01387 860247 for more information. 

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