Cambusbarron and North Third Reservoir (Black/Advanced)

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.

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  • Peter H.

    Thanks David. Great day out on the trails and good to meet some fellow mountain bikers. Cheers guys

    April 29, 2012

  • Ross L.

    Great day out, skillz, hillz and fallz, lots of them :) Defo b bk for more

    April 29, 2012

  • JB

    Thanks, David - really enjoyed this, even though I only managed to survive the freeride section through a combnination of shitting-out, cowardice and avoidance!! Must try harder!

    April 29, 2012

  • Derek B

    Great getting back out with the group, thought the trails where a blast its just a pity i couldn't stay on them. I will defiantly be heading back up soon (with new helmet). Cheers David and i don't care what they ALL said lol great day.

    April 29, 2012

  • Nick

    Cheers David.Cambusbarron never fails to disappoint!

    April 28, 2012

  • Craig K.

    A top day was had despite the usual route being a bit experimental due to that pesky huricane baw bag, it has a lot to answer for.... good craic, ta much David

    April 28, 2012

  • David S.

    No probs Campbell, cheers for letting us know. Oh aye, anyone else has any last minute problems I'm on[masked]

    April 28, 2012

  • campbell g.

    Apologies for short notice but cant now make this. Jarred my arm playing would you believe rounders. Hoped it would ease off over night but worse this morning. Have a good day and hope to see you the next time.
    Campbell

    April 28, 2012

  • David S.

    Glorious sunshine, a couple of showers expected early afternoon, winds have died down. I think we're good to go. :)

    April 28, 2012

  • Brian S.

    This is looking good for tomorrow

    April 27, 2012

  • Craig K.

    really looking forward to this :)

    April 26, 2012

  • David S.

    Weather forecast still good for Saturday, dry if a bit gusty. Fingers crossed. Don't have a map available Peter but I'll try not to get us lost. ;)

    1 · April 26, 2012

  • John P.

    Whereabouts Jung? I'm on the Southside at battlefield and have room

    April 25, 2012

  • Peter H.

    Anybody have a map of the route?

    April 25, 2012

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