- List your Top 5 UK rides
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… 🙂Posted 4 years agojames239Member
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?Posted 4 years agoFat-boy-fatSubscriber
Ansewring both questions:
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.Posted 4 years agojekkylMember
I really enjoyed:
.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.Posted 4 years ago
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.Posted 4 years agoFat-boy-fatSubscriber
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.Posted 4 years agovertebratetomSubscriber
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.
EDIT – Just noticed you’re moving to Australia and will probably never see mud again. Go to the Cotswolds instead.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
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.Posted 4 years agofatboyjonMember
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.Posted 4 years ago
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