Mountain bike routes are notoriously difficult to grade. Many varying factors are involved as well as the continually changing nature of routes. We feel it is best to provide 2 different grades for each route. One for fitness - how demanding the route is for the rider, and one for skill - how technical the route is. Please see the tables below for full definitions. Although this system is by no means comprehensive and is only given as a guide, we hope it may enable you to choose a ride which suits your needs.
A route low in technical difficulty. No previous off-road riding experience necessary. Routes generally on well made paths and tracks.
A route which has some technically difficult sections. Short and not sustained. Terrain will be loose & rocky in places. Some previous off-road riding experience required.
A route containing sustained and technical sections. Steep ascent and descent over rocky & loose terrain. Previous off-road experience essential.
A route suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness and who are in good health. Generally sheltered & low level routes with few climbs of any length.
A route which is in parts physically demanding. Contains climbs which are strenuous but relatively short lived. A good standard of fitness is required. High level routes which may often be exposed to the elements.
A physically demanding route. Long & sustained climbs throughout. High level routes which may often be exposed to the elements. A high standard of fitness is essential.
Steeper downhill stretches and much more challenging technical features. These sections are designed for mountain bikers who are used to physically demanding routes.