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  • Premier Icon njee20

    What’s the Surrey Hills monster loop? Can’t be as monster as Gee’s ‘normal’ Surrey Hills loop!

    I’d probably say what Rob Lee did for 7 Deadly Spins, and add in a good Surrey Hills ride, and some others.



    EDIT: sorry just reread as natural


    One of my favourite rides is The Gap in Brecon, the Beacons are beautiful. I grant you its not the most technical of routes or the longest.

    Last 10 “natural” rides I did (including the ones which drop into GT/Inners for part), advantage of Scottish Borders.

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    Conwy Mountain & Drum.

    Llanberis Slate/Moei Y Ci.


    Tour of Ingleborough.

    Pretty much all of Northumberland.


    Pen Y Ghent.

    Calderdale cheek.

    Boggart Hole Clough, on a Grifter.

    Just for starters, loads more.

    The main Torridon loop has to be in there.
    The Liathach loop however, is crap, unless you like pushing over a 3-4 mile boulder field to get to your downhill bit.
    Ben Nevis circuit.
    Glen Tilt.
    Loads in the Lakes.
    Even more in Scotland.

    EDIT, dunno how I even forgot about Swaledale or the rest of the Dales for that matter!

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    EDIT: sorry just reread as natural

    It’s in the Middle East anyway.

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    The Liathach loop however, is crap, unless you like pushing over a 3-4 mile boulder field to get to your downhill bit.

    Agreed. Terrible, terrible route!


    Suggestions please? Mostly natural

    Surrey hills monster loop
    South Downs way
    Dartmoor epic
    Simonside Northumberland

    That Liathach one is on some MTB tour company’s itinery! I’d want some money back if they took me on that!

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    Not many replies.

    Have you thought about asking on a forum where people ride bikes?


    Forest Of Dean

    Dislikes South Downs.

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    Depends on:
    How well you’re riding
    Trail conditions
    The bike, to an extent

    I’ve been quite disappointed by some apparently top 10 rides.

    No trail centre can make the list surely?


    For old times sake in no order

    Porter Clough, blackamoor, graves for top city ride
    Buttermere, blacksail, seatoller, honister slates mines for hike a bike.
    Cheviots for remoteness and peace, well when they are not having a pretend war anyway.
    Ladybower to langsett and back for moorland single track.

    Simonside is my local and although I love the descent into Whitefield I would not call it one of the best in the uk. Maybe as I have been doing it for 25 years. OK then as it’s the route that got me into mountain biking, the views are stunning and the descent ace I will call it one of my favourites, with a few local extras of course.

    I think the best ride I’ve ever done was a shortish loop from Coulags and down to Achnashellach a couple of weeks ago.
    A combination of landscape, weather, company, no mechanicals and just having one of those days when you can completely nail every line.

    Certainly that Achnashellach descent is without question one of the best bits of trail anywhere in the UK.


    My fave day out from home is the standard Surrey hills epic – near on 100 miles off road. Coul be even further as you can link up all the gorrick venues off road too, but usually I’ve found 100 miles to be enough. I’ve yet to ride anywhere I prefer to the Surrey hills in terms of trails – although I’ve not done much riding elsewhere in an ‘exploring’ sense. Used to do big loops on the NY Moors at Uni, but that was extremely bleak. Most of my riding elsewhere is trail centres or racing.

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    Talybont loop
    Rhyadder 40 miler
    The full Chilterns Jalopy
    Classic Peaks loop (take your pick, it doesn’t really matter)

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    You can’t beat riding with a local I find.

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    No particular order.

    Mt Keen
    Scotland Coast to Coast
    Assorted Peaks routes
    Lake District has some good trails
    Surrey Hills

    Covers the nice ones I have done.


    Mount keen
    Glen tilt
    Devils staircase
    Ben nevis circuit
    And a few others in scotland..need to broaden my horizons a bit!

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    Hebrides End-to-end


    I would say…

    Honister slate mine descent into buttermere – lakes
    Devils staircase – glencoe
    Horse head moor descent into fox up – dales
    Cadir idris
    Final 2 descents on the marin
    Rangers path – snowdon
    Borrowdale bash – lakes
    Cheeky trail off high st above ullswater
    Nan bield done to haweswater


    You guys have never been to Swindon have you???


    Swindon, must check that out 🙂


    Ohh I’d forgotten cader idris. Ace that one.
    I always liked the cheeky single track at the back of Armstrong house thinking of Northumberland.

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    +1 for the Borrowdale Bash – a real gem of an afternoon’s ride, it’s just got a bit of pretty much everything from super tech, fun tech climbing to flat out screaming joy.

    England and Wales only, I dont know the riding in Scotland well enough

    Not particular order;

    1. Mendips to A38, via Rowberrow or Limestone Link from Beacon Batch. Nipping down to Cheddar for coffee.
    2. Borrowdale Bash – a cliche, but fun and a good way to see the north Lakes
    3. Snowdon, down via Rangers Path
    4. Quantocks – taking in Chimney, Great Wood and Lady’s Coombe climb
    5. Exmoor, Porlock climbing to Dunkery Beacon, tea in Exford and back over Dunkery and down through Horner or Porlock Wood
    6. Messing around in the Wye Valley near Tintern, not so much a route as a number of linked descents. A southern version of the Grizedale forest bridleways.
    7. Dartmoor – Lustleigh Cleave, Nutcrackers, Bowermans Nose area
    8. Dartmoor – Postbridge and the East moors
    9. Leaving my office and riding home via the urban Bristol trails on a summer’s evening
    10. Helvellyn – down via Grizedale Tarn

    I’ve missed loads of great ones out, including all of the Peaks, Cotswolds, Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons, but those are 10 that came to mind to me. Not necessarily the best, but ones I like and will ride this summer.


    Llanberis Slate/Moei Y Ci area (a local loop for me)
    Rangers (not sure if this would be a fave if not so close)
    Black Mountains/Talgarth (ahh Y Das)
    Gap/Talybont area (fond memories of sunnier Easters)
    Llyn Colwyd/Crafnant
    Penmachno (who cares if it is “natural” or not? I do it a lot so it must be a fave, even if not the most epic)

    I’ve only ridden around the Purbecks in England, and never Scotland, so my choices are somewhat limited!

    Cut Gate
    Gargrave – Grinton (Yorkshire Dales)
    NY Moors
    Tour De Wakey
    Skiddaw – Back of +ride to summit
    High Street
    Bingley Bash
    Everything else


    Oh yeah skiddaw and down ullock pike is imense, forgot that one.


    Helvellyn (the full day route)
    Esk Hause to seathwaite farm
    Ben Lomond
    Sticks pass to Glennridding, always better if you do it the second time
    Boredale Hause to side farm (upper track its nuts)
    Scarth gap North to Buttermere (Bad to get too)
    Blacksail pass towards Wasedale farm
    Great Dun fell road climb (sorry) ( High Pennines)
    Little Dunfell off road descent in the right ground conditions (High pennines)
    and theres shed loads more in the lakes but highly cheeky..


    Long Mynd making sure to take in the Minton Batch and Little Stretton descents 🙂

    Loved Snowdon up Llanberis/down Rangers as well.

    Cracking route on the North Yorks Moors, was listed in Mtb Pro many years ago. Runs around Goathland, Danby area with lots of climbing & descending & a fair dose of singletrack. Just watch out for the descent that appears to be just a grassy field.
    Another NYM route I used to enjoy – top of Clay Bank, up & across to Bloworth Crossing, on to Baysdale & singletrack across moor to Hob Hole, then back up the valley & retrace back to Bloworth, drop through Bransdale & Tripsdale.
    Hamsterley – pre-trail centre type routes.
    Lake District ride taking in Walna Scar Road, Little Langdale to Elterwater & Loughrigg to Pelter Bridge.
    Dales – Gunnerside Gill area.


    The Gypsy Glen. Haven’t done too many other more natural rides.

    Yes lived in Swindon for a while saw the light and got out 😉

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    1. Scotland
    2-10. dunno

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