South Manchester Vs Hampshire
Where would win in a mountain biking fight?
30 mins from Marple
60 mins from proper peak district
90 mins from Llandegla
F’all on the doorstep
the doorstep is very flat
Rogate/QECP both within riding distance – i quite fancy a bit of a dig too.
Riding from the doorstep
More places to ride
in the South downs park
No rocks 🙁
Looking at the move and i keep thinking that i’ll really regret leaving the peak district behindPosted 5 years agojuliansMember
Dont know hampshire from a mountain biking point of view, but its not reknowned for its hilly terrain.
Its got to be hard to beat manchester as a well located place for easy access to good mountain biking.
– Peaks less than an hour awayPosted 5 years ago
– lakes less than 2 hours away
– several good trail centres between 1 and 2 hours away.
– scotland nearer to manchester than hampshireeightyeightMember
+1 for Manchester.
I’m originally from the South West (which probably puts up a better fight than Hampshire), but Manchester wins out on variety – the peaks, lakes, Bowland, N. Wales etc.
Though you’d be absolutely screwed without a car IMO (v. frustrating when I first moved up).
Oh, and a quick ‘big up’ (or similarly contemporary call of encouragement and thanks) to the guys at Gisburn. Some lovely lines being built at the moment 😀Posted 5 years agobikebouyMember
I live in Hants.
It’s obviously exceptional because of the fact that I live here.
Ok, so far as mtb’ ing goes think of it more like a big XC type environment. Ok we have lots of forests and woods and cheaky singletrack, and the Downs are on our doorstep, but…. Hilly it ain’t. The Downs are lovely, no doubt about that, few bridle ways cross them (SDW excluded) so you have to join up cheaky trails to bridle ways and so on. It also gets busy in the forests, new or old “cough” and there are places I don’t go because of it. QEP is a really nice place but when you’ve ridden it 10 times its, well, a bit meh. Then you have the parks over Chichester way and again some you can ride in some you can’t.
If its riding from your doorstep you want then you can do that from any location, I do it, link 4-5hr rides off road no problem, but really it’s quite flat rolling hills.
Really beautiful down here.
Don’t know what you riding places are like, but think, from what you’ve said, it’s similar, so maybe it could work for you.
Righty ho, clubs, best off joining one when you’re here so Fareham Wheelers is a good place as any, Palky rides out with groups of 20odd and Tues/Thurs/Sun, great bunch, perhaps you could arrange a trip out with them to get a feel for the place. Then there’s the Lordswood lot…and Muddy Moles over Chichester/Havant way..
And so on.
You don’t need any bike over 120mm FS here, most ride HT’s with 100mm or SS29er rigids which kinda gives you an idea of the terrain.
BOLPosted 5 years agofunkrodentSubscriber
I live in South Mcr and have to admit that the flatness is a pain. That said North Manchester is a mere 20mins by bike and there’s some big enough hills there for a good pootle. Then you have North Wales, Peaks, Pennines, Lakes, Gisburn etc etc etc all within 1-2 hours. No contest really.Posted 5 years ago
Oh, and +1 for the move to Marple comment. Great area, good schools etc and fantastic riding on your doorstep. What’s not to like? Never been to Hampshire so v. one-sided opinion in truth, but as far as I can see Manchester must be one of the best located places in the world for the sheer variety of quality riding that’s available…johnj2000Member
I live in deepest darkest Hampshire and yearn for my home town in the lakes at times. However I have the coast 15 mins bike ride from my front door, I have e South Downs 30 mins drive and QECP to play with when I want to. Also have the trail ride series down here which I tried out for the first time on sat which opened up more trails to me in Newbury. Its nice down here, when I have to move I will be gutted but the only place I will go if I do move is the North.Posted 5 years agomatt1986Member
British Cycling and Spirt England are creating and managing 15km of trails at a sort of mini trail centre with a pump tract and jumps at clayton vale about 10 mins from manc city centre next to the velodrome. Also I’m in Denton and hope in the peaks is in a car 15 mins from my door step and there is loads round there like Jacobs ladder. I think manc is pretty good place for mountain bikingPosted 5 years agobrooessMember
I grew up in Cheshire and moved down South 20 years ago. Moved back to Manchester a couple of years ago and whilst the riding in the North West is great, the weather is frankly dire in comparison. Luckily I lost my job and came back down to London.Posted 5 years ago
Once you’re used to Southern sunshine it’s hard to accept anything else if you like being outdoors IMOrusty trowelMember
Hampshire’s great because its my home county. I now however live in Dorset which is better for riding and has a better seaside : )
Manchester is miles away, cold and rainy so unless you have family and friends keeping you there, come on down and dont forget to bring your sunglasses and suntan lotion ; )Posted 5 years ago
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