Top 10 Mountain Bike Trails in the UK

Llandegla Trails

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
Green is suitable for beginners with basic bike skills – the trails will be relatively flat and wideBlue is for riders with intermediate off-road riding skills – the trails will have some single track sections and small obstacles such as tree roots and rocks.Red is for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills and fitness. The trails will have challenging climbs, tricky descents and technical features such as drop offs and large rocks.Black trails are designed for expert mountain bikers with high levels of fitness and the trails will have greater challenge and difficulty. Expect to encounter large and unavoidable features.Extreme

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
Green is suitable for beginners with basic bike skills – the trails will be relatively flat and wideBlue is for riders with intermediate off-road riding skills – the trails will have some single track sections and small obstacles such as tree roots and rocks.Red is for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills and fitness. The trails will have challenging climbs, tricky descents and technical features such as drop offs and large rocks.Black trails are designed for expert mountain bikers with high levels of fitness and the trails will have greater challenge and difficulty. Expect to encounter large and unavoidable features.

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
Green is suitable for beginners with basic bike skills – the trails will be relatively flat and wideBlue is for riders with intermediate off-road riding skills – the trails will have some single track sections and small obstacles such as tree roots and rocks.Red is for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills and fitness. The trails will have challenging climbs, tricky descents and technical features such as drop offs and large rocks.Black trails are designed for expert mountain bikers with high levels of fitness and the trails will have greater challenge and difficulty. Expect to encounter large and unavoidable features.Extreme

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
Green is suitable for beginners with basic bike skills – the trails will be relatively flat and wideBlue is for riders with intermediate off-road riding skills – the trails will have some single track sections and small obstacles such as tree roots and rocks.Red is for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills and fitness. The trails will have challenging climbs, tricky descents and technical features such as drop offs and large rocks.Black trails are designed for expert mountain bikers with high levels of fitness and the trails will have greater challenge and difficulty. Expect to encounter large and unavoidable features.

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
Green is suitable for beginners with basic bike skills – the trails will be relatively flat and wideBlue is for riders with intermediate off-road riding skills – the trails will have some single track sections and small obstacles such as tree roots and rocks.Red is for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills and fitness. The trails will have challenging climbs, tricky descents and technical features such as drop offs and large rocks.Black trails are designed for expert mountain bikers with high levels of fitness and the trails will have greater challenge and difficulty. Expect to encounter large and unavoidable features.

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
Green is suitable for beginners with basic bike skills – the trails will be relatively flat and wideBlue is for riders with intermediate off-road riding skills – the trails will have some single track sections and small obstacles such as tree roots and rocks.Red is for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills and fitness. The trails will have challenging climbs, tricky descents and technical features such as drop offs and large rocks.Black trails are designed for expert mountain bikers with high levels of fitness and the trails will have greater challenge and difficulty. Expect to encounter large and unavoidable features.

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.
Green is suitable for beginners with basic bike skills – the trails will be relatively flat and wideBlue is for riders with intermediate off-road riding skills – the trails will have some single track sections and small obstacles such as tree roots and rocks.Red is for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills and fitness. The trails will have challenging climbs, tricky descents and technical features such as drop offs and large rocks.Black trails are designed for expert mountain bikers with high levels of fitness and the trails will have greater challenge and difficulty. Expect to encounter large and unavoidable features.

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”.
See Kirroughtree
Green is suitable for beginners with basic bike skills – the trails will be relatively flat and wideBlue is for riders with intermediate off-road riding skills – the trails will have some single track sections and small obstacles such as tree roots and rocks.Red is for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills and fitness. The trails will have challenging climbs, tricky descents and technical features such as drop offs and large rocks.Black trails are designed for expert mountain bikers with high levels of fitness and the trails will have greater challenge and difficulty. Expect to encounter large and unavoidable features.

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
Green is suitable for beginners with basic bike skills – the trails will be relatively flat and wideBlue is for riders with intermediate off-road riding skills – the trails will have some single track sections and small obstacles such as tree roots and rocks.Red is for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills and fitness. The trails will have challenging climbs, tricky descents and technical features such as drop offs and large rocks.

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5 thoughts on “Top 10 Mountain Bike Trails in the UK

  1. Why doesn’t the South Downs Way get mentioned on websites like this? 100miles of continuous and very hilly bridleway. This is surely one of the most epic off-road routes there is.

  2. Woburn Sands needs to be added definitely, we don’t have miles and miles but more than enough to last a day! The trails are brilliant, climbs long and steep, fast technical descents, loads of singletrack, what more could you ask for 🙂

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