trail grading

This page explains the different grades that are used to indicate the difficulty of mountain bike trails and the level of experience required to ride them safely.

Please note there are two trails at Healey Nab: one graded red, the other black.

Red

Grade: Difficult
Terrain: Challenging climbs, tricky descents and technical features such as drop-offs and large rocks.
Suitable for: Expert mountain bikers with high levels of fitness; a good quality bike is recommended

Black

Grade: Severe
Terrain: Greater challenge and difficulty; expect large and unavoidable features
Suitable for: Expert mountain bikers with high levels of fitness; a good quality bike is essential

Green

Grade: Easy
Terrain: Relatively flat and wide
Suitable for: Beginners in good health with basic off-road skills, riding standard bikes

Blue

Grade: Moderate
Terrain: Some single track, with root and rock obstacles.
Suitable for: Proficient mountain bikers with good off-road skills and fitness; a good quality bike is recommended

Forest Roads

The routes to and from Healey Nab are classified as Forest Roads
Grade: Typically easy to moderate
Terrain: Gradients can vary and surfaces may be uneven or potholed in places; be sure to look out for vehicles and other users
Suitable for: Beginners in good health with basic biking skills; fine for most types of bike