New mountain bike trail opening in Dorset

Beginner singletrack route at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

A new off-road trail has been built in the Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Dorset aimed at novice mountain bikers who want to progress their riding.

The trail, which will be officially opened on 9 October, has been built as a result of £7.5 million of investment across the region via the project labelled 1SW.

Designed by UK trail centre pioneer Dafydd Davis, the route will take around 45 minutes to complete at a leisurely pace and doesn’t feature any of the jumps, roots or other obstacles found on more advanced trails which might daunt beginner riders.

Andrew Norris, Forestry Commission head ranger, said: “[The trail] has been engineered so there are no steep falls and is ideal for those venturing onto off-road, bespoke mountain bike trails for the first time.”

A new 1SW website, with information including maps, videos and other information about the new trails across the region, will go live on 30 September.

Mountain biking in Wales has recently got a massive cash boost too, with fresh beginner trails and further infrastructure being created.

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