- llandegla and Cannock – will I…..
- Johnny PanicSubscriber
You can be a mountain biker without ever visiting any trail centres. Just go ride some mountains.
Llandegla is very enjoyable if you like that kind of thing. Faster the better but careful on the jumps. The free ride section is optional so leave it if you’re not sure.
Whilst Cannock is OK, ‘degla is a fair bit better (imo).Posted 4 years agotmb467Subscriber
Both good fun for typical trail centres
Both rideable on a hardtail but llandegla has more options to push yourself a bit. I’ve only got one bike and its bouncy at both ends but it made no difference to my levels of enjoyment
Do em – then you’ll know if you liked em.Posted 4 years agojekkylMember
Cannock is more groomed than degla, there’s bit on degla where there’s loads of stones and it’s all clattery, there’s nothing like that at Cannock. my tip for cannock is do the whole monkey, if you just do the dog you’ll end up back at the carpark wondering what the hell happened, it’s very short. If you have a whole day at cannock and the weather’s nice you could do the blue trail (flat family run) inbetween bits of the main trail, look for the signs just before you get to the campsite.
The blacks at Cannock are black, the bits at the top with all the rocks are awful and shatifying without a full suss and your saddle way down, so give them a miss if you’re not too confident, otherwise you’ll be walking down them and get someone shouting at you. The blacks at degla are like Cannock red, easy peesey.
Most of all have fun.Posted 4 years agocurvatureMember
I am 20mins away from Cannock and ride it once or twice a week.
Dog is very tame and only 30mins worth of riding. The Monkey has far better climbs and descents and has some Black runs. The first Black is worth doing…the others just shorten some very good fast flowing descents.
But what most people miss is all the stuff not on the main trails. Cannock is a big place well worth exploring.
Llandegla is good fun but as far as I am aware there are no “off piste” areas.
Both worth a visit though.Posted 4 years ago_tom_Member
Both are alright but a bit boring. Imo Llandegla isnt worth the drive if cannock is closer. The black is highly overrated and I basically just left thinking “was that it?”
The jumps there are designed a bit odd, bordering on dangerous despite being pretty small – over shooting is a problem! You can roll them but be prepared to have to suck them up well as you gain quite a bit of speed.Posted 4 years ago
Ever be a Mountain Biker without riding them 😉
Week off next week so thinking about going to both. I don’t normally do Trail centres, but I’ve spoke to loads who rave about ‘degla and I’ve always fancied nipping to Cannock.
Going on my own, bit of a coward on the bike unless I know what’s coming up on the trail and not particularly good at jumping but I do like going downhill and don’t mind climbing.
Any advice ? Done a search on here and it came up with people doing big damage to themselves on the freeride at llandegla so I want to be careful.
CheersPosted 4 years agomindmap3Member
I’m a Cannock local (well, it’s my nearest half descent riding spot). It’s ok, better with the monkey trail but it does get pretty busy these days and there seem to be a few more knobbers riding there. It always amazes me that people drive a fair distance to ride there up maybe I’m just jaded from riding it a lot.
There is some really good off piste stuff if you follow your nose although it can get a bit claggy if the weather is bad.
Haven’t done Llandegla so can’t compare it (I would like to go there and intend to do so this summer).Posted 4 years agoScapegoatSubscriber
Go and ride them. I haven’t been to Cannock, but Degla is fine for the riding you’ve described. It isn’t a technical gnarrfest, but it’s a decent climb followed at least on the Red route by some fast singletrack. No big drops that I can think of, but some good fast berms and twists, and the last section has some interesting bits. The black is jumpy but roll-able, as long as you watch your speed. Some woodwork as well.Posted 4 years ago
There are many who will tell you it’s boring, but that depends on your skill and experience. Don’t forget some folk would have you believe you haven’t been challenged until you’ve ridden Blue Pig blindfolded on a unicycle, after pushing your bike for seventeen miles uphill over rocky bogs and had to pick your way down rock gardens you wouldn’t walk down without ropes.deadkennySubscriber
Cannock isn’t a place I’d say you have to ride before you die. If you’re local, it’s fine enough. It’s got some fun. Monkey trail is the better part. There are black options there that are more challenging than blacks in some other places, though found there’s no flow in them and they become a pain in the arse technically rather than fun technically.
It’s a typical average trail centre and busy and for me down in the south to travel there I’d rather travel to Wales and get far better trails, or do more natural stuff (though I have that on my doorstep).
It’s like round my way. I wouldn’t recommend someone does a long drive just to visit Swinley. Maybe not even a short drive 😛Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Like Llandegla for some brain out fun. Riding them will not make you anything, avoiding them might make you a snob 😉
If you want to be an all round mountain biker then the newer man made stuff needs visiting, the older man made stuff in the mountains is fun too. Having lived in the lakes with “real” mountain biking in one direction and trail centre in the other I didn’t care which I did.Posted 4 years agocurlie467Member
Definitely just give them both a go, you will never know what they are truly like until you ride them for yourself.
Both have there good parts and bad parts to be fair but both are worth the trip and if you don`t like them just tick them off the list but never feel like it was a wasted trip, enjoy them for what they are.Posted 4 years ago
Well I survived degla
Really good ride out. Just did the Red.
Bit disillusioned at first on the fire road type bit but, once in the trees it was great fun. I’m still a bit scared when there’s big drops on the sides and I tend to freeze and chicken out and did that once on the roller coaster part, I think its called that.
Thanks goes out to local lad Lee who I got talking too and showed me round and waited for me about 3 times so, if you are on here, cheers mate it was good to have someone who knew the trails.
The climbs took me by surprise but its defiantly somewhere I will visit again.Posted 4 years ago
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