The UK's most aestheticaly beautiful mountain trail
Whiteless Pike – it just keeps on giving.
Binnean Mor – just lovely. Switchbacks – proper pointy mountains – rocky technicalis – big sky and sea views.
MacDhui down to Loch Etchecan – sublime!
The back of Ben Lawers / Beinn Ghlas – you just need to ride it and you will see what I mean.Posted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Top of Conwy Mountain/Drum down to the sea?
Slate mine trail at Dinorwic with Snowden in the distance?
Thieveley Pike in Burnley – 360° views of Lancashire, the Howgills and the Lakes, the North York Moors and over toward Northumberland on a clear day.Posted 4 years agoGavinBSubscriber
@Sanny – any tips on good routes around Ben Lawers? I’ve ridden around the traverse track to the shielings, and down the trail by Lawyers Burn, but fancied there must be some better riding over to Glen Lyon.
Oh, and back OT, I’d rate Schiehallion, Devil’s Staircase (Glencoe) and Glen Feshie as pretty aesthetic.Posted 4 years ago
Oh yeah how could I forget the finest ridge line in the country, but then again I wasn’t talking about the best as in most technical, but the most aesthetic, but I will concede, when I did that ridge I was pretty gob smacked, it is certainly one of the best continuous descents in the UK.
Still think Nan Bield is the most pleasing on the eye.Posted 4 years agotmb467Subscriber
coming down from The Braich – ridge line upper centre – and round, there’s a cheeky bridleway through the gorse, looking over the Mawwdach Estaury, with Cadair Idris in the background and the estuary below
EDIT – loadarubbish…how can I insert an image without a load of htmlPosted 4 years ago
I would say Nan Bield, it ticks all the boxes, stunning mountain architecture, a series of almost perfect slalom like S curves meander down the fell side, leading your gaze in to a thin ribbon of trail that flows into a vanishing point on the distant horizon, far below, it flows like no other.
The other contender is obviously that trail in Torridon, sublime.Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
All very subjective obviously (and dependent on what you’ve actually ridden, as well).
Not all (because there’s a bundle of double track and estate track) but several sections of the Beinn a’Ghlo loop work brilliantly, and the scenery is out of this world (so good that you have to concentrate on the trail)!
Very near that, the descent down upper Glen Tarf as well. Barely wheel’s width of track worn through peat & heather, sliced into the side of V shaped, steep sided glen . Sublime…Posted 4 years agowlMember
Sanny – ayup. Is Whiteless the one that ends 100 yards down the road from the pubs at Buttermere – mix of loose rock, bedrock, grassy bits, and some steep stuff? If so, I rode it for the first time last week. Big old slog up, but a cracking descent. Have you ridden the obvious crazy angry steep section of jagged bedrock? There was a bit I chose to walk but reckoned it might possibly have gone riding my big bike if I had a kamikaze head on, with a bit of time to play. You done it?Posted 4 years ago
The Ullswater singletrack would score quite highly if you could add in a few windturbines, the aesthetic could be many things, but to me not necessarily a classic view of a highland glen, perhaps a juxtaposition with the industrial, I quite like the modern aesthetic of a wind turbine in the landscape, look deeper at the rugged rock formations embedded in the trail like jewels in a crown, abstract shapes,i think Nan bield draws you in, a perfect blend of landscape and a feel for the trail, even down to the stones of the trail surface.
Prawny ha ha awesome, shred the gnar brother!Posted 4 years ago
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