- 5 ‘must do’ rides in the UK?
On my list would be:
GlenCoe / Devils Staricase
3 brethren ride around by Innerleithen.
Black Mountains Ride taking in Lord Herefords Knob, Haff Bluff and Capel.
for the last 2 I would like to check out some more stuff on Skyke, Harris and the Lakes but the 1st 3 are definately there. Jacobs ladder was OK but I’ve ridden better stuff personally, so I don’t think it would make top 5.Posted 9 years ago
Yeah I’ve done High Street a couple of times. Go up from Hartsop to a reservoir from where you’ll have to push up a grassy slope (bridleway). Then go around onto High Street all the way down to Howtown or Pooley Bridge. Then there is a cracking bridleway all along the southeast side of Ullswater to terrify walkers on and get you back to where you started. A great day out; more about the superb views and isolation than technical riding. Take food.
Jacobs ladder is particularly good when stuffed with walkers 😉Posted 9 years agoshinsplintsMember
Pont Scethin,N Wales – seems to fit the bill – 30 miles all in,awesome 😆Posted 9 years ago
Cheers Snowslave. Yes I’ve done Nan Bield too, a massive push going up from Small Water. It was 6 months after a broken collarbone so quite painful too. Superb views and a steep techy descent from the pass. There was a superb fast run down to Hayeswater on the outward run up from Staveley / Kentmere as well.Posted 9 years agoshinsplintsMember
sharkbait – thats the one mate.We started from just outside Dol,gentle bimble along the Mawdacch trail ,then crossed the estuary & up into them thar hills.It was fkn brilliant,the rocky ,technical descents kicked the backside of any trailcentre I have been to.Lots of moto x bods up there though,so the trail was a little cut up & with it being frozen,made for interesting riding in places.Went over the bars due to said ruts !!! We were out for about 5 hrs I think,including stops for grub,shelter from the wind & 3 flats !!! Enjoy ! Some other great routes on that site aswell – doing the one round the Berwyns in a couple of weeks.Posted 9 years agoJonEdwardsMember
Surrey Hills with someone who knows the area (late April/early May), just as it’s drying out, but before the bracken takes over.
Big Peaks epic
Snowdon – up the Llanberis, down the Ranger.
…and I’m sure there’s plenty more in SoctlandPosted 9 years agoFagusMember
High Street is OK. It’s a big push up from Hayeswater, then the ridge north is good, in the dry, but can be a bogfest in parts if wet. What really makes the ride is the way back from The Cockpit. If you go when the weather is nice to miss the bog on top, then the Ullswater singletrack is full of trippers. Bannerdale or Boredale are much quieter and give a “remote” feel to the ride, but you need navigational skills.Posted 9 years agogeetee1972Member
Anothe vote for Simon’s summary of High St. It’s one of those ‘rites de passage’ type rides especially if you do it in poor weather! To be honest, the ride along the top on High St itself is a little underwhelming. It’s hardly technical nor is it particularly fast until the final descent off High St down towards Howtown. But, as Simon says, the bridleway that takes you from Sandwick, tracking along the side of Ullswwater, back to Patterdale, has to be one of the very best bit of singletrack in the UK. It really is awesome.
Surrey Hills is a completely different sort of riding to Peak/Lake District and Scotland. I can understand why Richc wouldn’t rate it but you can have as much fun playing in the woods as you can coming down off Skidaw. It just doesn’t have that ‘big mountain’ feel to it.Posted 9 years agogrummMember
Certain bits of the Lakes at a weekend in summer you can pretty much forget about. Eg the terrace above Rydal, or Jenkin Crag near Ambleside. There is still plenty of bits you won’t see that many ppl though, eg Gatescarth and Nan Bield.
Not been there riding yet but I imagine stuff like the bits around Wasdale won’t be too busy either as its a bit of an arse to get to.Posted 9 years agoFagusMember
Are the Lakes a nightmare in the summer for riding, because of the number of walkers?
Generally speaking no. BUT you will inevitably have stretches where there are a lot of walkers. Most of them are very bike friendly, and so long as you don’t charge at them screaming for them to move, through your full face helmet, there will be few problems. Even though the Lakes are very popular the hills can absorb a surprising number of people. The real problem is in the towns and traffic/parking, especially if you arrive after 10AMPosted 9 years agoJonEdwardsMember
I don’t reckon the Surrey Hills would ever make it into the Top 5 rides in the UK.
As I said – that depends how well you know it. I think it has some of the best woodsy singletrack in the UK.
Which route for Helvellyn, Joh?
We went up from Patterdale, past the YHA and mines (Swirral Edge?), then down Dollywagon Pike, to Grisedale Tarn, then left back down to Ullswater. Hugely technical, the weather was foul, and I really need to go back and do it again.Posted 9 years agoMikeWWMember
Thanks for the replies so farPosted 9 years ago
Will look through things in detail tonight as I want to get some trips planned
Have done some of the stuff but a lot worth investigating
It’s those rides where you get part way through,look round and the scenery/location take your breath away.Sure you must know what I mean.
Any more suggestions welcomestuartie_cMember
Torridon – Coulin Forest circuits (lots of variations)
Cairngoms – lots to choose from, but Linn of Dee – Glen Derry – Glenmore – Lairig Ghru – Glen Luibeg will put lead in yer pencil
Glencoe – Devil’s Staircase – Blackwater – Ciaran Path – Devil’s Staircase
Ben Alder – circuit from Dalwhinnie via Culra and Ben Alder cottage.
Glen Clova – Bachnagairn to Loch Muick and return via Capel Mounth OR Minister’s Road to Glen Prosen, Cateran Path over the hills to Kilbo and back to Clova by the Kilbo Path.
I could go on… but they’re all in Scotland. Maybe I need to broaden my horizons 😉Posted 9 years ago
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