So spring is here and the average mountain biker's thoughts go to the natural trails he's had to avoid all winter. And you're not going to get much better than this. North Third is one of the best stretches of singletrack in the area, steep, technical and mostly along the edge of a cliff. If you've only ridden trail centre reds (or even blacks) then this'll be tougher than anything you've tackled, if you're a regular on the Fort Bill DH trail this'll still leave you grinning.
In Cambusbarron you can test your nerve on the freeride structures the locals have built. Ride at your own risk!
The route is roughly 18km, should take around four hours and is fairly XC in nature, very up and down, expect some tough climbs and a fair bit of push but never sustained. While I will endeavour to give a bit of warning of a difficult section approaching I also want to keep the flow of the ride going so won't be stopping every hundred yards to warn you. Assume that around every corner is something you can't get down and ride accordingly. Your line choice and your safety is your own responsibility.
For those who have been before the winter's bad weather has forced me to rethink the route, one of the climb sections is largely impassable. Rather than looping the reservoir I'm planning to do a there and back approach, meaning we ride all three cliffs twice which theoretically gives us more bang for our buck and a fresh approach to familiar trails. It's an experiment so we'll see how it turns out.
As stated, your safety is down to you. No helmet no ride and pads wouldn't be a bad plan.
IMPORTANT : These trails suffer badly from erosion in wet weather and become pretty sketchy to ride on top of that so if the weather on the day is wet then this ride will be cancelled. Check before you set out.