Singletrack Magazine issue 123 : In Praise Of The Trail Less Travelled

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Sanny heads off the beaten path to Glasgow’s Campsie Fells and discovers that the best rides don’t always need the best trails.

Words & Photography sanny

What makes the perfect trail? If you were to put crayon to paper, what features would you consider an absolute must? Buff, sun-dried singletrack? Summer evening sunshine dappling through the trees? Steep and tight man-made constructions that snake down the hillside in a breathless ‘Oh ambassador, you are spoiling me’ unrelenting push for trail legend glory? Or perhaps it’s the surroundings that matter? The soaring peaks of the Alps and Dolomites that command awe and respect in equal measure? The desolate monochrome beauty of the Cairngorm plateau? Or the sound of the sea gently lapping against the shore as you spin along on your now no longer fashionable fat bike? Perfection is not an absolute, but varies as surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. It all comes down to perspective. 

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