This is the full 14.1 mile red route which includes both Follow the Dog and The Monkey Trail.
Opened in April 2010, the Monkey Trail is an optional extension to Follow the Dog. Again it's a red graded trail, but this time it’s a far more technically challenging and demanding trail. It includes bigger climbs, more technical descents and optional black graded lines. The trail is intended for experienced and technically competent riders.
The Monkey has wide fast flowing single track, as well as some very tight hand-built sections which are a lot of fun to ride. TTFs include rock gardens, step ups, step downs, jumps, drops, and more. The black graded lines include large and unavoidable rocks and rock gardens, as well as other obstacles. The Monkey includes over 1200 feet of climbing (which includes Follow the Dog), however it feels like a lot more compared to Follow the Dog – many of the climbs on The Monkey are a lot steeper than on Follow the Dog, and there's definitely more than just one!
The Monkey Trail is a mix of fast and flowing machine built trail and tight, twisty and technical handbuilt trails created by the Chase Trails volunteers – the end result is a superbly engaging ride.
The Monkey Trail can be ridden by starting Follow the Dog until the "High Voltage" section. Within High Voltage, the trail splits in two – take the one marked "The Monkey Trail". You’ll descend down to a railway/road crossing – once you cross these, you’ll be on The Monkey. When finished, you’ll cross the road/railway line again, then simply follow the signs to rejoin Follow the Dog.
Local Trail AssociationChase Trails (www.chasetrails.co.uk)
Trails in Route
More Stats for Follow the Dog & The Monkey Trail (Full Loop) mountain bike route
Altitude min388 ft
Altitude start445 ft
Altitude end444 ft
Distance climb6 miles
Distance down5 miles
Distance flat1 miles
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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