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.
THE YORKSHIRE DALES’ BEST KEPT SECRET. It’s not easy to get to, and on a bad day, it can be very grim, but a good day in Swaledale can rejuvenate your love of mountain biking. Dave Anderson braves the weather just to ride the enigmatic and elusive Schoolmaster Pasture.
Sandwiched neatly between Snowdonia and Offa’s Dyke, the Berwyn Mountains are a deserted
mountain gem – merely rushed through by most riders on their way to Snowdonia and equally
neglected by walkers. This makes them ideal for the solitude seeking mountain biker.
Steve Thomas, the self-proclaimed King of the Berwyns, takes a moment to show us a corner of
this hidden kingdom.
2008 saw the launch of a new kind of “Trail Centre” nary a stone’s throw away from Singletrack Magazine’s HQ. Here’s the official report about how 2008 went and a few teasers about what’s in store.
Blairadam Forest dates back to the 18th century when a chap called Sir William Adam bought the estate and planted trees to enhance the landscape. The Adam family (no connection to Morticia) still own an estate adjacent to the forest and one of the current generation can occasionally be seen MTBing in the forest named in his family’s honour.
The Moray Monster Trails are a result of collaboration between Forestry Enterprise (Moray), Moray Mountain Bike Club and others and are a linked network covering 30km of trails, graded from green to black, including a freeride section.
Legend has it that the Witch of Leanachan (“lee-nach-an”) fled to the hills of Aonach Mor in the 1800s. Keeping her spooky spirit alive, the world-famous Witch’s Trails continue to bewitch mountain bikers. There are 45km of trail to tackle.