- Top 5 uk trail centres (in order)……
Of the ones I’ve done,
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 therePosted 6 years agothemightymowgliSubscriber
1 Inners – fantastic decent from start to finish only been 3 times and it’s always sunnyPosted 6 years ago
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 endlesschakapingSubscriber
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. KirroughtreePosted 6 years ago
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.
3. Coed Y Brenin
4. Nant Y Arian
5. Cwm Rhaeadr
Visited and don’t rate Llandegla, FOD, MarinPosted 6 years agofathomerSubscriber
Not done many, and last place highlights the fact!!
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!Posted 6 years agocolournoiseSubscriber
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 🙂 robPosted 6 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
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:Posted 6 years ago
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.Posted 6 years agoRRDSubscriber
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)Posted 6 years ago
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.
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! ThankfullyPosted 6 years ago
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