Blue Route Stats
Grade: Blue - Moderate
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1 - 2 hrs
The Blue Route offers up a great introduction to mountainbiking with a fine blend of mostly mellow climbs and fun, flowy singletrack descents.
The route heads out from the village trailhead, across a new bridge over the Liddel Water then up a steep but thankfully short climb to the public road. This 2 way section of the Route continues gradually up through Rock UK's Outdoor Centre to the first section of singletrack proper - a new beautifully twisty yet mellow singletrack climb with gentle gradients and 33 switchback turns!
Passing the start of the final singletrack descent back towards the trailhead (great option to take for a shorter overall ride) the route then climbs steadily on well surfaced forest roads to Pouter Lampert and the highest part of the route.
Pouter Lampert is a whopping 2km long section of singletrack through one of the most scenic parts of the forest. The trail is mostly downhill and features fun, swoopy singletrack with bermed corners, boardwalks, bridges over gullies and (optional) rock steps.
Forest roads then link back to the final singletrack descent - a brand new addition to the route for 2014. The 1km of super flowy, bermy singletrack is an absolute blast to ride! The singletrack then merges back into the 2 way section for the final scoot back to the trailhead.