Dorset provides an extensive network of challenging mountain bike trails set in an outstanding landscape – air sapping climbs and technical descents, with some stunning views of the coast and countryside.
Many visitors will have ridden off-road extensively and already possess a level of skill which allows them to deal with the unexpected and handle very rough terrain, steep drops and considerable exposure at the side of a trail.
Red or Black Trails
We would recommend that experienced riders looking for a challenge consider riding either Red or Black graded trails. Visit the Trail Grading Explained page to learn what trail grading is. Red grade trails are easier than black but are still true mountain biking trails requiring a high level of skill, ability and concentration. A good quality mountain bike is essential.
However, Dorset also caters extensively for the intermediate rider with a range of Landscape Rides – riders should be aware that trail conditions may have deteriorated since the route was last surveyed. Landscape Rides tend to vary depending on weather conditions as many are un-surfaced. We recommend the Dorset Landscape Rides to the outdoor enthusiast, those who want to explore this beautiful county but would prefer to do it on two wheels rather than on foot. Remember that the grading system refers to the technical challenge of the trail, not how long it is.