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  • poonprice
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    I’m emigrating to Australia in 12 weeks and want to get in as much biking as possible before I go. I know this is going to be a hard choice to make and there will be many opinions but…

    List your top 5 places to ride in the UK

    Can be either trail centres, xc rides, epic adventure rides. I enjoy a mixture of riding from my local woods(Wyre Forest) to the usual trail centres LLandegla, Coed y Brennin, FoD, Cannock, Afan, etc..

    I’m based in the Midlands but willing to travel, not sure i’ll get to Scotland but will give it a good go if time and funds allow.

    Looking forward to your suggestions… 🙂

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    not the best time of year to be doing it but maybe one of the longer routes like the WHW or SDW?

    Some ideas:

    Mary Towneley Loop
    Bikepark Wales
    Gisburn Forest
    Dalby Forest
    Hebden Bridge and Calderdale trails

    james239
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    Not helping with your list of UK rides, but do you know what the riding is like in Australia? I know that’s a massively vague question due to the size of Australia, but I’m backpacking the east coast soon (Cairns > Melbourne) and would love to get some riding in, ideally uplift assisted DH riding?

    I know there’s a world cup track in Cairns just wondered if anyone’s ridden anywhere else out there?

    Premier Icon Fat-boy-fat
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    Ansewring both questions:

    Dunkeld
    Aviemore
    Balblair
    Skiddaw
    Kirroughtree

    Sorry for the Northern bias

    Australia – You Yangs and Forest down near Melbourne. No uplift but great riding in both places (the Wombat trail down there is also very good). Mt Hotham is also good and, while I never rode there, the World Cup tracks near Canberra are supposed to be top quality.

    twang
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    Peak District has to be on your list being as it’s just upt’ road;
    Cutgate
    Jacobs
    Anywhere around Ladybower

    Lakes ain’t too shoddy either 😉

    jekkyl
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    I really enjoyed:

    .Helvellyn
    .The ridgeway in oxfordhire, pure XC no real descents tech or otherwise, just a fun day out.
    .The c2c – whitehaven to tynemouth, doable in 2 days easy.
    .Back of skiddaw ending with lonscale fell
    .Borrowdale Bash, that moment when you come to out to surprise view on the way to watlendath is pure lake district beauty.

    These are my top 5 but include cannock too, always a treat but only 35 mins from me so I get to ride it a lot more than those I have listed above.

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    In the spirit of the thread so far

    Sharphaw
    Barden Moor
    Crummackdale
    Mastiles Lane
    Skipton Woods

    banks
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    Just spend a long weekend in the lakes and do the peaks once and throw snowdon in. Hebden bridge is only worth bothering with if you live there.

    saxabar
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    In no order of preference:
    Snowdon
    Antur Stiniog
    Carneddi tops
    Penmachno
    Lake Colywd loop

    From that list you can plot where I live!

    banks
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    You’ve missed out Rev’s and llangollen!

    chvck
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    Tough one.

    Nant-y-arian to mach and back (isn’t that fantastic but I like it)
    Laggan (only been the once too!)
    Eastridge
    Dyfi forest
    Bike park wales

    Granted, I’ll probably change my mind tomorrow!

    chilled76
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    Can’t believe no one has said go ride the beast at Coed y Brenin, brilliant trail.

    Premier Icon youngrob
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    Sorry for the Scottish bias

    Torridon
    Devil’s Staircase + Ciaran Path
    Tweed Valley
    Kirroughtree
    Mabie

    Dalby Forest
    Yearsley/Kilburn woods (only because they are local)
    glentress
    borrowdale
    grizedale loop from ambleside

    gee
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    Dalby
    Surrey Hills

    Er…. I really should get about more.

    GB

    poonprice
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    Thanks for all the suggestions so far… Some good research to start with 🙂

    Some of the suggestions above i’ve done which is good to know.

    Nant y Arian
    Bike Park Wales (need to go and do it with an uplift)
    Penmachno (last Sunday)

    I definitely want to do a Sunrise ride at snowdon, have been looking at Gisburn recently, feel I need to do at least one Scottish trail centre, maybe Glentress and c2c – whitehaven to tynemouth would be a good one to tick off the biking bucket list.

    Premier Icon Fat-boy-fat
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    If you want to do “one” Scottish trail centre, I’d head to Dumfries and get to Kirroughtree, Drumlanrig, Mabie, Drumlanrig and then Dalbeattie (in that order). While Glentress is really good (had the fortune to ride it pretty much every week way back when), the Dumfries and Galloway based centres give more choice for visitors IMHO.

    poonprice
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    Thanks Fat-boy-fat, top tip!

    Can’t believe nobody has mentioned Croft Trail yet 😉

    Candodavid
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    What about the trail out the back of the Nationwide building in Swindon ?

    Trail centres:
    Kirroughtree
    W2 at Afan
    Brechfa Raven + Gorlech
    Cilycwm

    probably some others too!

    Premier Icon terrahawk
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    Long Myndd.

    FROGLEEK
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    BPW
    Machen
    Cwmcarn
    Local South Walian secret spots
    Glentress

    Dalby and Gisburn? [shakes head]

    Cut Gate has to be in there from Langsett with the additional loop up to Whin Lee Tor or whatever its called. A great ride (in the dry).

    Brown
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    Dothie Valley.
    Grizedale.
    Quantocks.
    Surrey Hills.
    Northumberland border ride.

    (in no particular order!)

    Premier Icon vertebratetom
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    Given the time of year, you want some stuff that rides well in the wet!

    1) I’d head to the Quantocks for the brilliant singletrack.
    2) You can’t be the Lakes, and Grizedale has some awesome stuff (not the trail centre!).
    3) How about a proper mountain. Snowdon or Helvellyn are both ace, depending on the weather!
    4) The Peak District is always worth while. Something like the Jacob’s loop is good at this time of year.
    5) Trail centres are pretty uniquely British. Coed y Brenin was the first and has a load of good stuff to go at.

    Have fun!

    EDIT – Just noticed you’re moving to Australia and will probably never see mud again. Go to the Cotswolds instead.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Nevis Range- uplift for the day on the nevis red and worldcup, then expend any remaining energy on the witches trails.

    Kinlochleven- ciaran path and the kennels and grey mares’ descents from up past the mamore lodge. Amazing wet weather ride- you’ll get wetter than you believed possible but the descents are incredible when under water. Embarassing admission- I’ve not done the devil’s staircase, it’d add into this scheme nicely though it does mean riding up 4 proper mountains in a day

    Innerleithen upliftduro, 8 runs on the bus, pedallable bike, race him down the enduro and downhill trails (hint- do doggy bag and prospacker last, you’ll probably miss the bus)

    Beast of Brenin- yeah I know, it’s old and fireroady but I love it, more than the sum of its parts.

    fatboyjon
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    A road trip over a few days should be on the cards I reckon. Something which samples the delights of different regions. I would be thinking along the lines of; 1) head into Wales to do Carair Idris and Coed Y Brenin, 2) head to the Lakes for Helvellyn and Elterwater/Claife area, 3) over the border for Kirroughtree and Mabie, 4) back a little way south to Appleby for High Cup Nick and Cross Fell before heading to 5) the Peak District for Ladybower and the Hope Valley.

    Sounds grand to me.

    Premier Icon rickon
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    Torridon (has to have the best riding in the UK)
    Pitmedden->Lomonds->Pitmedden
    Dunkeld
    Kirroughtree
    Cheviots->Glentress

    Unfortunately Pitmedden is a bit apocalyptic at the moment with thinning and clearfell going on, as well as biblical wetness…

    Top 5 for me

    mendips because they are 20 mins away
    bike park wales
    antur stiniog, its so different
    nant yr arian
    Cwmcarn dh track

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