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Mabie - Dumfries & Galloway

posted 9 Dec 2018, 14:38 by Simon Li   [ updated 9 Dec 2018, 14:39 ]
Mabie MTB
16 - 18 November 2018

DMC headed south to the forests near Dumfries for a weekend of mountain biking. We were based in the bunkhouse deep inside Mabie forest but first we explored the Dalbeattie forest trails. Meeting old friends Dan and Diana was great and they know the area well. We split into several groups and covered as many trails as possible, from green through to black. Compared to some other trail centres we found the grading to be accurate but the density of technical sections much higher. It was great fun tackling the blues and reds, and watching the braver members on the crazy black bits. We comfortably exceeded the guide-book time of 1.5 hours for one of the red routes, some of us making it last most of the day! The scenery was fantastic with sunlight streaming through a varied mix of trees, and beautiful views from the hill tops. We stayed out until dusk, heading back up the hill to get a view of the setting sun. Definitely a recommended destination for MTB. We headed back to Mabie for a great meal (thanks Berenice and helpers) and a sociable evening around the log fire. On Sunday we stayed more local, hitting the trails in Mabie and the local hill Criffel.

- Report by Andrew