Personally, I wouldn't fancy living by the sea either - love visiting, wouldn't like living.
Oh - and North Wales is full of North Walians
Personally, I wouldn't fancy living by the sea either - love visiting, wouldn't like living.
Oh - and North Wales is full of North Walians
I live on the west coast of Norway. it sucks. too many mountain
What's the riding like over there? I fly to/over Norway (Oslo/Kristansund/Stavanger/Narvik/Tromso) most weeks and on a (rare) clear day the mountains look incredible, particularly around Kristiansund.
In March I will be moving to Yorkshire (new job) and am gutted to be leaving NE Scotland behind, some of the best riding in the UK in my opinion. Before my 8.5 years in Scotland I lived in the Lakes and before that lived/was brought up in North Yorkshire so have always been lucky to live somewhere really great for MTB.
Long time since I rode in Yorkshire but I can't see it living up to Scotland. Still, at least there will be some riding and the Lakes just up the road.
If I had a choice I would stay in Scotland or move back to the Lakes but you have to go where the work is.
I grew up in green south Wales, with some great (but not noted) local loops from my parents' house and late teenage / early twenties years spent in the Beacons, Afan and later Cwmcarn.
I've always been happy with the riding of my adoptive Bristol, but it really took-off when the Ashton Court and Leigh Woods trails were done a few years ago.
I live a ten minute ride from the trails and would find it very, very hard to move away now.
No but would move somewhere with slightly less good riding, to be closer to a beach and some decent surf
I am based in Suffolk, riding here isn't so bad with Thetford a 15 minute drive away. Driving anywhere else can be a PITA especially as friends who ride too are very scarce these days and generally can't be bothered.
Another (Englishman) here from North Wales. Mountain biking ace and road riding even better (right to roam would help). Tend to use the beaches on Anglesey. Lived in Central London for 7 years and don't think I could hack it now. How could I give up my lunch time ride around Pen y pass? Night life far from spectacular, but, well, you can't have it all... can you?
Uni' towns around Peaks and Lakes a possibility, but an international move is more likely. Never back to a place with crap riding.
I live in Southampton..... :-/
It could be worse, there are local trails in Lordswood and plenty within driving distance, though I find myself getting a bit of real mountain withdrawal after a month or two, having moved down from the highlands many years ago now....
To that end, planning the move back up to Edinburgh this year!
One of the reasons I left the RAF was the likelihood that my next posting would take me from Scotland to East Anglia.....the thought makes me feel ill.
I now live and work in the north east of Scotland and have amazing riding locally, can be in the cairngorms in under an hour and can easily get to Torridon for a weekend away.
I do not regret leaving a good career in the slightest to stay where the riding is good.
A few comments about Grenoside on this thread. How is it? It's not too far from me (south of Huddersfield) and always looking for new rides!
There's some fairly decent riding on my doorstep but lots of mud at the minute. I would never live somewhere flat, it seems boring in every sense.
It depends on why you ride and what type of riding you do I guess.
I was brought up in West Lancs (flat as a pancake) but I was always out on my bike as a kid exploring paths, lanes, canals, farms, river banks, etc. I still love this type of riding now.
Every town is surrounded by countryside. You can have fresh air and solitude wherever you live. Yes you may have to drive somewhere to get an adrenaline fix though...
...but now I have some of the best riding in the country on my doorstep
I grew up in Cheshire and had some great riding on the doorstep. I live in Melbourne Australia now and the riding of any decent calibre is a drive away in any direction. 45 minutes gets me to my "local" trails, an hour and a bit in the other direction gets me to the manmade trail centre, and 3 hours drive up north east gets you to Mount Buller for really decent riding. Road riding isn't bad here especially during summer along the beach road.
If I lived somewhere that would require me to drive before I ride, I'd never get out because, I'd say, 95% of my riding is night riding after the kids are in bed
Started riding mtbs in Scunthorpe (Lincs) and the only thing it had going for I was the old mines and slag heaps moved to Cannock Chase area then partner @ the time wanted to move jobs I said fine as long as there is somewhere decent to ride my bike.She got a job in the Lakes!!!!! I married her
Lemon Drizzle Cake eater!!!!! by Richard Munro, on Flickr
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I live in Leamington. Decent riding is a bit thin on the ground, go to Cannock Chase at the weekends, occasionally Wales and up to Glentress once a year for our anniversary.
I live and work in Neath, South Wales, and The riding here is great. Neath Port Talbot is the most heavily wooded area in England and Wales, and I have tidy local riding a minute from my house, which can be sewn into other great local built and cheeky trails in several directions. I can get up to Afan and Kilvey in 30-40 minutes on the bike - 15 in the car - and Gower, Brechfa, the Beacons, Bike Park Wales, and Cwmcarn are all within an hours drive, plus many more less known riding spots along the M4 corridor.
Reading some of these posts has made me realise how lucky I am, even though the employment prospects are awful, and we have consistently sopping weather. I'll never be able to afford top-of-the-range bikes living here, but at least the rents are low.
Been living in Oxford for 1.5 years and it sucks for riding, having lived in mid Wales for 7 year previous the Chilterns just don't compare IMO and I don't really enjoy riding flat or rolling hills. On the plus side, moving back to Wales in about 5 months... Won't be in a hurry to move somewhere without good riding again...
Used to live extremely close to Swinley Forest and did miss it when I moved away. However, following its change of use to a trail centre, I definitely don't miss it although sad that so many of the fun trails have been lost.
I live near hairyscary. I very rarely drive to ride. I can do a loop that takes me from door to 500m to beach and back in a few hours. The stuff out the door is awesome and the further you go the better it gets. Real variety too. There's not many places I'd rather live and none of them are in the UK. If I did have to live where most of you live, and had to drive if I wanted to bike, then I'd just give up. That would never happen though.
My local rides could easily be done on a CX they're that tame. Still enjoy them though.
The Peak or Dalby is best part of two hours drive but that's ok for a day out.
Plenty of advantages to me living where I live, so I stay.
Well, look at what I had to leave to live in London
Top at 2120m, gondola from the city outskirts to 1800m and chair lift to 2000m from one of the suburbs with public bus connection...
Moving from there almost made my cry
Funny consequence of such geographical and topological situation + lifts is that most of the active mountain bikers there are on 180+ travel bikes (:
@moridinbg are you mad, and where is that?
Wild horses couldn´t take me from where I live now
Photo credits to Basquemtb.com
Moved from Stirling to Ulverston in the South Lakes... a mistake on the riding from the door side of things, it is rubbish. The next move will be more considered! I think I managed to pick the one place with rubbish trail access in the area....
I lived in Manila (Philippines) for 5-6 years. No MTB riding to speak of and road riding made road riding in London look tame. It was rubbish.
Moved to Thailand in September, bought (and brought) a new bike and love it. I'm healthier, happier and my little boy screams with joy when he sees the Wee Ride being fitted.
Was born and grew up in Malvern riding tracker bikes, BMX then MTB, never short of riding. Have lived in Bolton for past 20 years, just round the corner from Binners, great riding on my doorstep, live at the foot of Winter Hill.
Access to riding would be a consideration in any move, but that is unlikely as missus is local and doesn't want to relocate.
Myself and my partner moved up to the Lakes three years ago, me for the riding and fell running, her more for road cycling and walking.
We left promising jobs behind because we weren't enjoying life.
We've both now settled into jobs with good prospects and have a nice place in keswick. I don't earn as much but I need need as much either
It was a risk but worked out well.
It wasn't just the riding that brought us to the Lakes, it's a nicer, quiter pace of life as well.
I live near Malvern also- superb. Followed a job to Warwickshire 2 years ago- lasted 8 months before coming back. extra money just wasn't worth the flat claggy field edge slogging. Locals loved it though.
Been living in Portsmouth for the last 6 years or so, which entails a car ride out to the South Downs. We will be moving to the Norfolk Broads in August, which is even flatter although I'm led to believe there are a few good places to ride near the North Norfolk Coast. However, the other love of my life takes up massive amounts of time (see the what have you made recently thread for more details!) and the requirement to live closer to the boat are just outweighing the need for easy access to hilly trails.
Would love to live somewhere with riding on the doorstep, having spent time in SE British Columbia with a view of the Rockies from my living room was ace but anywhere along the England / Wales border like Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire etc would be my ideal really.
Like ska-49 I live in Colchester which being north East Essex is a bit flatish but do have a large military training ground right on my door step no brideways or cheeky footpaths BUT shed load of trails in the woods just needs to be ridin at speed(and on a 29er IMHO)
Have lived else where(High Wycombe and near Oakham Rutland) but more and better work here in South East so that's where I came back to.
It's interesting to read what places some people consider rubbish for riding and some others ok. I grew up in Norfolk, then spent 4 years in Southampton. For the past 8 years I've lived up north (Chester and more recently Stafford). While I've never been able to ride from my door I'd consider both pretty good. I still feel smug when I'm mountain biking or climbing on a summers (or even winters!) evening after work. I guess if you've spent any time living somewhere where mountains/big hills are a full weekend only destination then anywhere with decent riding within an hour of home is a good place to be.
Of course it would be very different if I couldn't drive or afford a car/fuel...
Moved from Bristol to Peter-bog-horror.
My job is hectic so road bike and gym only.
My contract runs out in Sept, so would like to move back instead of staying in the fens
if I can find the work...
Capt Kronos, is Ulverston that bad? I'm from there, but have never ridden MTB there. Always thought I'd take or hire a bike one time I'm visiting the fam but maybe better to go straight up to the Lakes. Or stick to the road bike.
I moved to the Basque Country about 6 years ago (same place as Sunnrider above) and don't think I would be here now if not for the riding. Much rather have that, than a career
The real question is where does mountain biking factor into your list of personal priorities in selecting a location to live
I would love to be near the woods and hills, before getting into MTB it would have been for wild camping and bushcraft (and still would be). If I could the hills closer to home then I'd be overjoyed, but I live in London and I love it
Things like employment prospects, financial security and family are more important to me.
Ironically I could move out of London as I drive 16 miles away from London to get to work, but still having no desire to move somewhere else
Just for the record, MTB aside, I think I'd go insane living somewhere without hills and trees, even if I'd never ridden a bike
It played a large part in me applying for jobs when I graduated from uni. A lot of the chemistry jobs at the time were in new science park developments centred around Cambridge or Oxford or in industrial centres like Runcorn, none of which filled me with anticipation.
Fortunately, I found a job in Lancaster - great road riding out of the door and the Lake District a short drive away for MTBing. Left there after 5 years for a job on the edge of the Peak District. Again, location played a major part of the job hunting.
Grew up in West Virginia USA. Did a bit of mountain biking and bmxing while growing up. There were no real mountains 3k high like Colorado, or southeren france, but they were 1.5/2.0km high and on the other hand, there was no flat areas. If you look on google maps, WV is almost one large forest.
10 years ago I moved to Denmark. Denmarks highest point is only around 150M ASL. And for most, there isn't any woods to speak of without pulling out the car. I slowly picked up biking, first commuting, then road biking (road biking is more enjoyable than in WV I dare say. and with an ocean view it's great in the long summer days). Getting into MTB here as well the last year or so in order to keep riding through winter months. I have about 20km flat coast ride to the nearest forest, which means I choose to keep my 3rd chain ring setup, even with the 2x10 and 1x11 fad running crazy.
I also have a quick ferry trip to Sweden, where there are more than enough trails.
there are always places to ride. there are always fun ways of riding wherever.
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