Test Trails

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From the saddle of a bike you can explore deeper into the forest than you have before, and enjoy safe, attractive, off-road cycling in a peaceful setting. Advanced mountain bikers will also find plenty to challenge them on Haldon Forest MTB Trails

Discovery Trail


Beginners will really enjoy cycling this fully surfaced trail
with stunning views and play features.
Also used by walkers, you’ll need to be a considerate cyclist.

Distance: 2.5km (1.5 miles) Technical Rating: Easy

Challenge Trail


A great confidence builder when moving on from the Discovery Trail. A combination of surfaces, some narrow sections and gentle gradients for intermediate cyclists. Add on the longer loop to build up your stamina.

Distance: Short Loop – 9.5km (5.9 miles) Long Loop – 12.3km (7.6 miles)
Technical Rating: Moderate

Ridge Ride Trail


This is a technical, fast and flowing trail with tight corners and lively descents to test your reflexes on this narrow singletrack route through the forest. Experienced riders only, with appropriate bikes and protective equipment.

Distance: 9km (6 miles) Technical Rating: Difficult

Ridge Ride Extreme Trail


This optional technical loop is more demanding than the previous sections of the Ridge Ride Trail. Expect roots, rocks, berms, drops and a step down.

Distance: 1km (0.6 miles) Technical Rating: Severe

Skills Area + Pump Loop


Theses areas are purpose-built to help cyclists develop new off-road skills, with numerous features for all abilities and a pump trail to help you find your flow. Suitable for novice to advanced riders.

Distance: N/A Technical Rating: Bike Park

Trail Map


Click the icon above to download a PDF version of the trail map.
With thanks to the Forestry Commission