- Scenic 1-2 hour rides near M74, M6 or M5
I’m going to be driving down from Aberdeen to Cornwall and back over a few days next week for a family function. I thought I’d chuck the fatbike in the car and do a few rides to break up the boredom. So, I’m looking for ideas. Ideally:
Natural rather than trail centre, although the latter would be fine as long as the views are good too.
Near the motorways as I don’t want to add too much extra driving time
Around 1-2 hour loops as I wont have much “spare” time
Not “killer”. I don’t mind a bit of tech, but it needs to be stuff I could roll on the fatbike as putting myself in A&E would not go down well with the family 🙂
GPX files would be great !Posted 2 months ago
I did the Cheddar gorge many years ago when I was a roadie. I’ve also ridden Drumlanrig, but it’s one of my favourite trail centres, so could be worth visit.
The Breasthigh Road loop just off the M6 could be perfect. A bit concerning that the author seems to have ended up in A&E, but I guess I’d just have to take it easy.Posted 2 months agoloweySubscriber
As Vgmscot…. Tebay loop.
Park Tebay, up Borrowdale to the top, turn right over Breasthigh Road, left at Bretherdale Head, Greenholme and back to Tebay.
The track up Borrowdale is stunning.
Let me know if you want a gpx.Posted 2 months agovmgscotSubscriber
Another option is the Durisdeer Loop (near Drumlanrig) – starts at the tiny village of Durisdeer.
Loop across wide open Grouse moors with stunning views (if clear). Ends on a 2km descent down the old Roman Road – nothing techy and, again, great on a fattie.Posted 2 months agoloweySubscriber
That should do you mate. Although I would avoid the BW over Belt howe at the start and go up Borrowdale for its full length.
If it were dry I’d recommend the BW over Belt Howe but at this time of year it would be a bit boggy.
Some good stuff on the other side of the M6 too around Orton, Crosby Ravensworth and Great Asby.Posted 2 months agowhitestoneMember
If you look at a map there’s lots of bridleways around Smardale which is between Tebay and Kirkby Stephen – look just to the south of Crosby Garrett. It’s open ground on a limestone scar so good draining, would be ace on a fat bike. Park up at Newbiggin on Lune and head to Friar’s Bottom Farm then take the bridleways going clockwise, turning right at each opportunity.Posted 2 months agowhitestoneMember
@ElShalimo mentions a route around Barbondale. It’s also on the Pedalnorth site but the last bit is all on road. If you scroll down the page I’ve linked to there’s a map. On the outward leg there’s a pale blue mountain symbol signifying the big climb, going north from that symbol, past a square wood, is a bridleway/lane that eventually joins up with a minor road coming from Barbon. This is a much better finish – it’s fairly flat so could be done in either direction but the descent from Bull Pot farm is great.Posted 2 months agojam boSubscriber
Quantocks is pretty easy. Park at lydeard Hill car park, maybe 15mins off j25, ride along the ridge track, down weacombe, back up onto the ridge and back along. Be done in 2 hrs tops and awesome views on a good day.
Or a loop up to great links tor just off the a30 at sourton.Posted 2 months ago
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