Witch's Trails

  • Location: Nevis Range and Leanachan Forest
  • Starting Point: Nevis Range
  • Trail Length: Various
  • Time Required: minimum 1 hr
  • Route Type:
    1. Cross Country
    2. Freeride
    3. Family / Recreational
  • Difficulty:
    1. Beginner
    2. Intermediate
    3. Advanced
  • Grade: 7
  • O.S. Map: Sheet 41, Special map available from Nevis Range
  • Parking: Nevis Range, Torlundy or Leanachan

Trail Description:

Leanachan is the venue for the mountain bike World Cup Cross Country and the Witch's Trails include sections from both the World Cup trail and the World Championship trails.

There are 3 marked trails and a long distance trail (unmarked) following the Cour loop.  In 2009 the Cour loop has been affected by Harvesting.  the other 3 trails are :

The world champs route graded red and 8.5 km long.

10 Under the Ben loop: graded red and 10 miles long

The Broomstick Blue: graded blue and apprx 6km long.

There is a map which can be purchased for £1 from bike shops and Nevis Range.

You can start either at the Northface Carpark or at Nevis Range Carpark.

 In the forest there are also many other trails, some marked with Forestry 'Witches Trail' marker posts, while others are more hidden but worth looking for.  Take care though, many are steep, slippery and technical.  Access to the Forest is either from Nevis Range, Torlundy North Face climbers car park or the road into Leanachan opposite the Highbridge road end.

Riders Reviews:

Graeme Haynes:

I found this trail ace, there can surely not be a better place to come and ride.

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