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Green Cycle Route

Location?: Yorkshire
Type of disability vehicle?: Recumbent with electrical assistance
Type of Route?: Circular route
If section, from where to where?:
Route website address: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/EnglandNorthYorkshireNoForestDalbyForestAdderstoneFieldGreenCycleRoute
Route provider name: Dalby Forest
Length of Route in miles?: 6 miles
Route surface?: Gravel/hard ground
Route difficulty?: Difficult
Brief Route description?:

Dalby forest is wonderful. Well worth a visit, with lots of outdoor challenges for children and adults.

There are two green routes. This one is the longest. It’s described as ‘Easy’. Having tried it, I could only agree with that description for a mountain bike user, or perhaps if you use an all-terrain vehicle.

On my recumbent, getting to the main forest trail from the car park wasn’t great with barely enough width and with very rocky and steep sections. The main forest trail was very stony and, on my three wheeled vehicle, it was a bit like riding on a ‘bone shaker’. The route map and route signage were poor for the first two miles. It turned out that this section of the route was shared with the red and black route, so for some reason the green signs weren’t included. Once the other two routes turned off, the green route began to be signed properly.

I found the route too uncomfortable, but I could’t turn back as the route back up to the car park would have been impossible, even with my wife’s help. On her bike, she was also finding the route difficult. Fortunately the route eventually crossed a road, so we varied the route by returning that way.

So, in summary, I don’t think this route is suitable for most disability vehicles except for all-terrain types. You could, however, visit the Forest and enjoy it for it’s own sake, or construct yourself a route using the roads – out of season, when they are quiet.

User ID?: rayadmin
Name of person submitting route?: Ray – Oxfordshire