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  • Top 5 uk trail centres (in order)……
  • What you reckon???
    Blow my mind!!!!

    skywalker
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    1) Glentress
    2)
    3)
    4)
    5) Afan

    I’ve only been to two

    scottfitz
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    I recon unless you have been to all of them you can’t answer the question.

    But out of the ones I have been to.

    1. Afan
    2.Brechfa/cwmcarn
    3.FOD
    4.swinley
    5.cannock

    But new been north of cannock, doing Scotland/ the north road trip soon I hope.

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    Of the ones I’ve done,

    1) Glentress
    2) Coed y Brenin
    3) Innerleithen (if I can include the downhill trails and offpiste stuff
    4) Golspie (marked down for being just one big trail
    5) Nevis Range (again including DH and forgotten stuff)

    GT and CYB win partly because they’re very good and partly because there’s so much to do there

    jedi
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    gt
    inners
    cyb

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    1. Penmachno.
    2. Whinlatter.
    3. Glentrool.
    4. Kirroughtree.
    5. Marin.

    You can stick your gnarr up your bottom bracket.
    I like a pleasant ride out with some good scenery and flowy bits 😀

    andy7t2
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    inners
    gt
    cyb

    close jedi you just got the first two the wrong way round 😆

    Nonsense
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    From the ones I’ve done

    1) Kirroughtree
    2) Innerleithen (with downhills included)
    3) Coed Y Brenin
    4) Glentress
    5) Afan

    gillycoops
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    For my liking,

    1 CYB
    2 Guisburn
    3 AE
    4 Kirroughtree
    5 Llandegla

    Rik
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    Golspie at number 4 and Glentress at 1!! WTF…..

    Glentress is only good if you avoid the crowds and ride the off piste stuff.

    Golspie Black, the Laggan Black, Brown and Bottom Red then Kirro

    Duffer
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    My list:

    1 – Afan
    2 – CYB
    3 – Cwmcarn
    4 – FoD
    5 – Cannock

    But they’re all rubbish compared to the Mendip Hills on a stormy Wednesday night in Jan!

    From teh ones I have done

    Glentress – fantastic facility with huge amount of trails
    Laggan – small but (nearly) perfectly formed
    Innerleithan –
    Dalbeatie

    skywalker
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    Glentress is only good if you avoid the crowds and ride the off piste stuff.

    Its all good if you ride it fast.

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    1. Inners
    2. Kirroughtree
    3. Ae
    4. Mabie
    5. GT

    Live in Peebles and had no reason to go further south riding. TBH I spend more time in the surrounding hills than at the trailcentres but the question was asked!

    Rik
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    No skywalker it’s not – mainly because there are hundreds on numpties to get in the way and the trails are f#cked with braking bumps. That’s why off piste is way better!

    Rik
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    No skywalker it’s not – mainly because there are hundreds on numpties to get in the way and the trails are f#cked with braking bumps. That’s why off piste is way better!

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    Rik – Member

    Golspie at number 4 and Glentress at 1!! WTF…..

    Glentress is only good if you avoid the crowds and ride the off piste stuff.

    Wow, who would have thought opinions could differ eh. FFS, what a tool you can be.

    skywalker
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    No skywalker it’s not – mainly because there are hundreds on numpties to get in the way and the trails are f#cked with braking bumps.

    Maybe at the weekend, I went during the week. I don’t remember any braking bumps either.

    1. Golspie
    2. Cwm Rhaeder (if it can be called a trail centre?)
    3. Innerleithen
    4. Cwmcarn
    5. Afan – but only because of the wall final descent.

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    1 Inners – fantastic decent from start to finish only been 3 times and it’s always sunny
    2 Afan – got me hooked on the sport
    3 Kirroughtree – some amazing sections and nice natural feel
    4 Cannock – the best thing about Birmingham
    5 FoD- the red has no ‘flow’ and is IMO a waste of effort but the Blue is fast swoops and great fun plus the off piste stuff is endless

    Rik – Member

    No skywalker it’s not – mainly because there are hundreds on numpties to get in the way and the trails are f#cked with braking bumps. That’s why off piste is way better!

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    I must go to a different Glentress to you

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    1. Peak district
    2. Peak district
    3. Peak district
    4. Peak district
    5. Comrie 🙂

    1 ClimachX gnarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    2 Nant stunning
    3 Afan opened my eyes to trail centres
    4 FOD Flowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    5 Cwmcarn techy

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    Afan – but only because of the wall final descent.

    Yeah, I always go away loving Afan because I finish on that bit – but when I think about it I can’t remember any other brilliant bits there.

    It is a really nice ride though, the W2.

    1. Kirroughtree
    2. GT
    3. Afan
    4. CyB
    5. Mabie

    skywalker
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    I must go to a different Glentress to you

    That’s what I was thinking.

    Braking bumps? Errr, nope.

    Hundreds of people getting in the way? Errr, nope.

    Hundreds of people getting in the way? Errr, nope.

    I guess being a slow rider has its benefits.

    skywalker
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    Or going during the week and not at the weekend like I said.

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    It does seems strange that 2 of the main gripes people have about GT are that it’s too smooth and all just a big bmx track, but also it’s covered in braking bumps and far too lumpy and worn out :mrgreen:

    therag
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    Afon
    Fod
    Cwmcarn
    Brechfa

    Only been to these 4 so far

    hugor
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    Most responses seem to come from one area.
    I live in South Wales and rate all these trails, probably due to the familiarity and the fact that I ride these better than when I visit other centers.
    Dying to try some of these Scottish centers.
    1. Afan
    2. Brechfa
    3. Coed Y Brenin
    4. Nant Y Arian
    5. Cwm Rhaeadr

    Visited and don’t rate Llandegla, FOD, Marin

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    Not done many, and last place highlights the fact!!

    1. Afan
    2. Cwmcarn
    3. Cannock
    4. Llandegla
    5. Sherwood Pines

    I’m relatively new to mtb’ing, hoping to get to a few more this year and get to the peaks a few times. Do have a trip to CyB in April so rekon that might go top!

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    Nantyarian
    Gorlech
    Whytes Level
    Cwmcarn

    Surrey Hills

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    Haven’t done that many yet, but –

    1 Laggan (a bit of everything in a relatively small space).
    2 Brechfa (flow).
    3 Moray (nothing really technical but some nice flowy sections)
    4 Wakerley (not because it’s that great, but more because it’s real local and still developing).
    5 Thetford (reasonably close and makes up for the lack of real gradient with some truly excellent bits of singletrack).

    Am off to Whinlatter in a couple of weeks and North Wales in the summer, so this list is likely to change soon I guess.

    slainte 🙂 rob

    Rik
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    TJ – I think the way you ride and the way I ride a bike are two very different ways of riding a mountain bike, hence the difference in opinions.

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    There’s not much off-piste singletrack at GT really, Rik, given the size of the place. Some gems but they’re quite isolated given the size of the forest. It’s not like Innerleithern where there are goat tracks left right and centre to explore.

    Anyhow, I’d say:
    1. Glentress
    2. Innerleithen
    3. Kirroughtree
    4. Dalbeattie
    5. Cannock / Mabie (don’t really rate these two but haven’t been to any others). Never ridden in Wales.

    Well glentress any time I have been has not had hundreds of people getting it the way nor has it got loads of braking bumps.

    With the trails being general in short sections there is plenty of opportunity to ensure you get a clear run no matter your speed and I can only remember one small section with braking bumps the last few times I have been,

    Most folk complain its too smooth

    Its a fantastic facility with loads of scope for huge numbers of people of all ages and abilities to enjoy themselves. People seem to forget just how lucky we are to have it.

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    My opinion for what it’s worth.

    1. Glentress – Not my favourite and yes it can be crowded but taken as a whole (facilities, different routes, grades, suitability for all riders, convenience to a major city) it is definitely number 1.
    2. Kirroughtree – A flowing trail
    3. Nevis – Iconic.
    4. Laggan – As described a bit of everything in a compact trail.
    5. Dalbeattie – Not sure why but I’ve always liked it.

    Not intentionally Scottish biased and Innerleithen or Cwmcarn could displace Dalbeattie (I think both are great for a short sharp XC blast)
    I personally do not get on as well with the Welsh Trail Centres. I’ve ridden most of them, I think, except Penmachno (which in fairness I’ve heard very good things about).
    Likewise, I do not rate the English ones I’ve ridden and thought Grizedale was particularly poor.

    Rik
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    That’s fine for you TJ but I’d much prefer to avoid Glentress 9.9 times out of 10 for hidden Inners any day. The steepest, root infested loamy trails you’ll ever find and luckily most people are happy at the trail centre (which is far better than Glentress) don’t know they are there! Thankfully

    skywalker
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    Rik – People are entitled to their own opinion, and just because its different to yours, it doesn’t make it wrong (or right), just different.

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    OTOH actual statements of fact- like, “Glentress’s trails are ****** with braking bumps”, those can be wrong.

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    1. Anywhere that is not a Trail Centre
    2. Laggan….when nobody is there

    The only other ones I’ve done have been Dalbeatie, Whinlatter, Grizedale and Bedgebury and they’d not make it to any list of mine

    Llandegla x 5. It’s what a trail centre should be about.

    Rik
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    Skywalker – I don’t believe I have said that you or TJ are wrong I just have a different opinion. And I have said that I would prefer to avoid the crowds at Glentress and go elsewhere and ride much better trails (in my opinion)

    1 kirroughtree,long fast flowing
    2 gt,live local can ride all day
    3 inner’s, great climb and decent (XC only)
    4 laggen, great skill tester
    5 dalbeattie, better than the rest

    smell_it
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    Out of the ones I have been to;
    1 – glentress
    2 – coed-y-brenin
    3 – innerliethen
    4 – ae

    I’ve also been to cannock, Afan and sherwood pines but wouldn’t pay them a return visit.

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