If you could live anywhere in the UK . . . .
I have a soft spot for North Yorkshire. Spent a few years there at uni and, after growing up in London, riding on the moors was my first taste of proper biking. There is also really good surfing to be had up there. Friendly locals.
The other place would be North Cornwall. Not sure how good the riding is but its got good surfing and pretty clean beaches.
Never been to the West coast of Ireland but I’ve had riders come over from there and it sounds highly good.Posted 5 years agosmogmonsterSubscriber
When its sunny..North Yorkshire (funnily enough i live there already)…but as its rarely sunny up here, i’d have to say Hampshire or Kent, given how much warmer it is down there, and France and Europe is a short drive away.
Having said that i was in shorts and Tshirt yesterday whilst biking Wensleydale and Swaledale. It was GLORIOUS. I gather it was shite down South..Posted 5 years agoSprocketJockeyMember
I wouldn’t want to live anywhere other than where I already am on Eastern Dartmoor.
Great riding and beautiful countryside on my doorstep. Can get to either North Cornwall or South Devon coasts within an hour. Surf in the morning / MTB in afternoon is possible in the summer months. Town we live in is really friendly with loads going on – great for young families and with a strong community feel. I know about 10 times more people after 18 months living here than I did in almost 10 years of living in a similar sized village in the South East. Also some great local pubs and places to eat and a surprisingly lively local music scene.
I’m lucky enough to work within the national park, but it’s also easily commutable to Exeter or Plymouth. All good basically.Posted 5 years agomolgripsSubscriber
On balance (riding/work) I’m hard pushed to think of better than here in Bethesda (N. Wales) – particularly given the sunshine and a colourful autumn. A 7 mile off road commute into uni’ to keep me ticking over and lots of mountains on my door step with trails that I don’t even know about yet. What else could one want?
It’s in a lovely spot, but it’s not that nice of a village IMO.
I’d move to Builth Wells I think.Posted 5 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Lakes, Pembrokeshire, South Hams, Dorset – all fantastic to visit but for me too remote to live permanently and I couldn’t deal with all the tourists in the summer, Lakes especially.
I live in Surrey and aside from parts of Hampshire or Sussex I don’t think I’d move. Lots of fabulous countryside, great walking and riding and great communication links especially airports, motorway network and proximity to ferries and channel tunnel. London 35 mins away.Posted 5 years agosaxabarMember
you must vary your route home ?–
When I can – up to the Mynydd trails from the Tregarth/Bangor path and a very naughty one home to the far end of Bethesda!
but it’s not that nice of a village IMO
Oi! 😉 OK, the centre of town isn’t chocolate box but we now have a Tesco metro!Posted 5 years agoCapt. KronosSubscriber
Currently in the Lakes, but quietly campaigning for a shift over to Stavely someday. Be a bit more convenient for many things, mainly work related.
In my perfect world… Inverness. Love it there and for a few years it was looking like it may happen (I was working on it, but accidentally moved south instead… turned out that was a good idea though). The considerably better half however has designs on Cornwall. Which would also not be so bad, but don’t tell her that.
Although I also like mid Wales after a rather good time in my life (or at least some aspects of it) centered around Machynlleth.Posted 5 years agoBlindMelonMember
North Antrim Coast, cheap housing, good beaches and road/off road riding. Friendly people and a slower pace of life. Belfast 45 mins away for work. Plenty of opportunity to have a wee business for tourist trade as well
Not getting the Inverness love on this thread, its like a large industrial estate with a poor high street full of pound shops. The best thing about Inverness is the A9 out of it in either direction.Posted 5 years agoMostly BalancedMember
Motorman’s area in NE Scotland looks nice but I’m quite happy where I am on the edge of the New Forest. I’ve got good riding, road and off road, that I don’t have to drive to and coast and town both within riding distance. The only real downside is that it can get a bit crowded here. I think I might struggle with the lack of winter daylight in Scotland.Posted 5 years ago
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