Leanachan has been 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 North Face car park 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.
Link - www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk
Downhill Track - Orange Extreme
The Off Beat Downhill is a World renowned venue, annually hosting the UCI World Cup, and the World Championships in 2007.
Fast, loose and rocky is the best description of the course, and at 2.82km long with a vertical drop of 550 metres, it is very long and physical. Good riders take 4-5 minutes, though most competent riders can ride the course in their own time, as it is not too technical. Speed and the physical punishment of the course is what makes it a fun, challenging run.
A full downhill bike will get the most out of the track, but any decent mountain bike will get you down, just take it easy!
Link - http://bike.nevisrange.co.uk/nevis-range-downhill.asp
Nevis Range – Red Route
Starting at 643m at the base of the Quad chair (for those of you that ski or board there) the new trail winds its way across Aonach Mor's awesome mountainscape. The trail was built in 2009 but the final section, described as 'swoopy' was only completed early in 2010.
Best to use a better quality off road mountain bike, plus wear your helmet, gloves and protective clothing.
Nevis Range features in our interactive Highland E-Guide. Head straight to Page 16 to check out the video, maps & more!