Situated in the depths of the Galloway forest park it can seem like 30 mins too far from the rest of the riding but don’t let the extra distance put you off, this is one of the best around. Written by Michael W Smith.
Aston Hill is now open 7 days a week with a pay-to-ride scheme operated by the CTC. All the trails are being constantly tuned, with some exciting developments in the pipeline.
James Lyons spends time riding the bits that you drive past at 70mph on your way to Glyncorrwyg and Afan.
Thetford is packed full of fast, flowing natural trail that is ideal for everyone. Thetford is well known for its miles of great singletrack and is the home of some great racing with events such Dusk till Dawn, the Winter Enduro Series and the new Summer Series. As well as the miles of unmarked singletrack there are also two way marked mountain bike routes and two family routes.
The Highland Wildcat trial at Golspie is a long, long way away from me, but I would quite happily do the 20hr round trip again to ride it again.
Benji and trusty lieutenant JonWIII travel to the southerest, westerest bits of Wales in search of fresh trails. And they find them, nestled among the gales.
Out near the coast in the trail-centre rich area of Dumfries & Galloway is Dalbeattie. No big mountains or remote epics but it manages to mix technically demanding terrain with great views while it’s Green and Blue routes still provide a fantastic day out for all the family.
Glentress is the original mountain bike trail centre in Scotland. What started as the brain child of local trail building legend Pete Laing and the Forestry Commission has morphed into one of the UK’s best-known venues for man-made trails, the jewel in the crown of the 7Stanes project, with something to suit all levels of ability and fitness.
Riding the lesser known (and less visible) bits of the Yorkshire Dales near Settle. Words: Barney Marsh. Pics: Benji Haworth
The forest is situated north of Clitheroe in an upland area on the eastern edge of the Forest of Bowland, not far from the Yorkshire Dales. The forest is managed by the Forestry Commission and is used by many different groups but the good news is that mountain bikers are about to get a significant injection of new singletrack trails in 2009.