Closest Town: Irene, Centurion
Grading: Easy to Difficult | Duration: 1 - 3 Hours
Location (Area/Province): Gauteng and Northern Gauteng
Configuration: Various options fom 5-27km
Start Point: The Big Red Barn
Access: Everyday from 06.00 – 18.00. R40.00 per person
Facilities: Tree swinging adventures with Acrobranch and picnic sites, restaurant. All general facilities availible.
Cell Reception: Yes
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The Barn is an antique hay barn which we salvaged and rebuilt on Sunlawns Estate, a 200 hectare just 15 minutes from Centurion. The Big Red Barn is next to a 20 acre Eucalyptus forest, and looks out over an expansive vista of fields, grasslands and the Kaal River. It is the perfect urban escape, with 25km of scenic MTB trails meandering through veld, farmlands, forest and beside the river.
On your bike
We rely on your honesty. Please purchase your tickets inside the barn BEFORE riding the trails. All trails start and finish at the barn.
There are trails for the casual biker looking for an afternoon crank, but your more competitive rider will certainly find his or her technical fix, too. Trails are clearly marked and graded:
● Green Circle – casual riders ■ Blue Square – intermediate riders ♦ Black Diamond – advanced riders
♦■● ROUTE 1 : Blast off (27km) – includes the following trails: Green Circle, Blue Square and Diamond routes. The total length of this route including all the Black Diamond options is just under 27km. An average to good mountain biker takes between 90 minutes to 2 hours to complete the entire route.
♦ Black Diamond trails are off shoot trails and very technical, consisting of steep drop-offs, jumps, switchbacks, BMX ramps and berms. They all link back onto the blue or green trail so you can always meet up with members of your group who do not want to attempt the Black Diamond.
WARNING : The Black Diamond trails are a challenge and should only be attempted by experienced mountain bikers. There are chicken runs for those who have a change of heart.
■● ROUTE 2 : Easy Rider (16km) – This is a combination of easy blue and green trails and is around 16km of easy riding. Suitable for beginners who want to push their limits a little.
● ROUTE 3 : Halleluja Experience (12km) (suitable for trail running) – Fast, free-flowing ride through the shady forest, approximately 12km long.
ROUTE 4 – Out of commission. Heavy rain has washed away Innocents Bridge and parts of this route will be out of commission until further notice.
● ROUTE 5 : Altogether now (4.2 km) (suitable for trail running) – A gentle meander through the forest close to the Barn. Suitable for children who are learning the ropes but who need adult supervision. Parents can walk, run or cycle with their kids and enjoy the scenery.
MOUNTAIN BIKING FOR KIDS
For the youngest members of the family there is the kids mountain biking trail that goes round The Big Red Barn. It has mini ramps and windy tracks that run through the trees all within the safety of the 5 hectares of farmland. The cost for the MTB tracks is R20.00/child under the age of 12.
Guided MTB tours are available for young and old. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
There is a minimum requirement of five riders and it costs R120 per rider. To make bookings or for any queries please contact us at [email protected]
Off the bike
There are other adventure activities available for the whole family including Acrobranch which offers zipline obstacle courses in the trees. A full service restaurant serves breakfasts, snacks and lunch and is open every day from 07h00 to 17h00. The Big Red Barn caters for kids parties and other functions. No self-catering is allowed.
Route Information: The Big Red Barn – 078 343 6939
Email: [email protected]
GPS: 25 55 639″ South / 28 13 673″ East