From the boards of Llandegla to the peaks of Scotland, the UK has some excellent trails for mountain biking and here are ten trails in no particular order definitely worth a ride!
Dalby Forest, Yorkshire - Dalby forest mountain bike trail centre is a modern trail centre with green, blue, red and black routes giving something for all abilities. The trails are good for all weathers and it does get busy in the summer. It also has a cool bike park with jumps and a pump track. The modern visitors centre has a decent cafe and car park. Dalby Forest MTB Trail Map
Macca, Jake, Churchy, Griff and Dave shoot Dalby Forest - Black/Red Route + Dixons Hollow with GoPro HD. The video is really well put together and gives you a great feel of what Dalby is all about.
Coed Llandegla, North Wales - A stunning privately owned wood with many fine and recently upgraded and extended trails that include a teasing 12km beginners’ ride to a 21km black run with some challenging north shore and descents. After a gentle uphill section comes the joy of downhill, with taster-jumps offering spice. Visit Llandegla
Neil Donoghue rides B-Line (New Black @ Llandegla) - The new trails at Oneplanet Adventure Llandegla are now in full swing.
Glentress, Scotland - Probably one of the UK’s best mountain bike destination, Glentress boasts over 50 miles of award-winning trails. Great facilities, with trails from beginner “green” routes to fearsome top-level “black” runs including a freeride park graded orange extreme! This advanced section of trails, located near the Buzzard’s Nest car park, includes jumps, tabletops, step-ups and north shore. Visit Glentress
A promo video shot by 7stanes! Visit 7stanes Website
Coed y Brenin, North Wales - Hailed as the birthplace of modern mountain bike centres, Coed y Brenin was the first forest to be developed for the sport of mountain biking and to this day remains a favourite of many a trail rider. The testing 9km Temtiwr trail includes some fast downhill runs and will take up to an hour. Visit Coed y Brenin
Gee and Rach Atherton take you on a tour of one of their favourite trails in Wales: Coed Y Brenin.
Grizedale, Cumbria - The North Face Trail at Grizedale Forest in Cumbria sounds disturbing, but its 16 kilometres offer much of what mountain biking is all about. Fabulous views, gut busting climbs and some technical mayhem will keep you busy. There is also a new 'Black' downhill run opened in 2012 to challenge the most experienced of riders! Visit Grizedale
Fort William, Scotland - The often snow capped mountains surrounding this town in the Scottish Highlands play annual host to the Mountain Bike World Cup. Try the 15km Witch’s Trail, starting from Nevis Range ski centre car park and climbing towards fast, rocky descent sections. This should definitely be on your 'one to do list'
Visit Fort William
Fort William Downhill MTB World Cup
Calderdale, Yorkshire - The Mary Towneley Loop near Calderdale offers a heart-thumping challenge because of both the distance - around 47 miles - and the fact that you cross the Pennines twice. Discover the Mary Towneley Loop
Machynlleth, Mid Wales - The cycling landscape around Machynlleth is wonderful and the Cli-Machx trail through Dyfi Forest provides a gorgeous 15km round trip, with eight tricksy berms, or banks, at the end. Dyfi forest is also home to the infamous Dyfi Enduro.
Kirroughtree, Southern Scotland - One of the lesser known of the 7stanes, Kirroughtree offers some of the best technical singletrack in the country through forest and open country. Offering a relaxed Green run through Bargaly Wood or the 31km Black Craigs trail, littered with section descriptions such as “Heartbreak Hill”.
Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire - Sherwood Forest has a never ending network of singletrack, so much so that it is easy to get lost and never be found ever again! This place is great for family s because most of the trails are relatively flat so not great if you looking for some fast downhill. Visit Sherwood Pines
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