Sheffield local, Simon Richardson takes us from city centre to wild hills and back in our route guide with a difference.
Jenn and Jo enjoy a perfect summer’s day full of singletrack and ice cream on this little-ridden gem of an island. Words and pics by Jenn Hopkins.
The North Downs are a magnet for mountain bikers all over the South East. There’s just something about the variety of the trails here – the steep chalky drops, the thick forest, the loose sand, the dry and dusty, the wet and muddy, the manmade and the natural, the views, the dropoffs, the berms, and of course, the oodles of twisty singletrack. It all adds up to an addiction
that’s hard to shake. No wonder the North Downs is the South East’s main mountain bike playground. Words and pics by Simon Rastrick and Dean Taylor.
Benji Haworth takes us on a tour of known and new twists on and around Wales’ most famous mountain.
In our most southerly route ever, Jenn Hopkins has gone out of her way to show that the South Downs are way more than Ditchling Beacon and the South Downs Way. In fact, our Evil Route this issue should silence even the grumpiest of hill-loving northerners. There are hills down south – and more importantly, they’re covered in sweet singletrack. Words & photos by Jenn Hopkins.
Andy Mac and friends head to the Cairngorm National Park, tackling roots, rocks and rivers whilst alarming the locals.
whilst the Lake District is a busy and popular National Park, some of these routes really do take you into the back end of nowhere. Wasdale Head (the start of the medium and big loop routes) is miles away from anywhere sizeable and does not have the facilities of the bigger towns like Keswick or Ambleside.
The North York Moors are much more varied than the postcards suggest and contain arguably the
best singletrack in England. If you have never ridden there you’re in for a real treat.
They stand tall and proud above the surrounding countryside, beckoning mountain bikers traveling up the nearby M5 motorway. With such a profile and situation, you wouldn’t believe that
mountain bikers are allowed to ride on their flanks, but the good news is that the Malvern Hills are criss-crossed with wonderful bridleways as Rob Hamilton Smith discovers.