Best MTB trails UK

Posted on 01/05/2019 17:30 by Claire Thorp

 

 

Best MTB trails UK

 

The UK is full of wonderful hilly landscapes, woodland slopes and rocky terrain making it a great home or holiday destination for any MTB lover. With hundreds of mountain biking destinations scattered across the UK its easy to feel overwhelmed when deciding where to explore next. To help you out while your spoiled for choice, we’ve put together a list of our favourite MTB trails, routes and bike parks.

1)    Gawton Gravity Hub, Tavistock

 With 9 downhill courses, this site is fast becoming the downhill hotspot for the southwest. With over 500ft of unrivalled gravity fed decent, Gawton gravity Hub has something for every rider from flowy single tracks to steep technical trails. If you fancy a challenge the ‘Super Tavi’ track is the one for you. With its fast paced jumps and turns, this trail represents the elite level of downhill track in the UK, whilst gaining a reputation for perfection within the downhill community with the likes of Gee Atherton, Aaron Gwin, Danny Hart and Josh Bryceland tackling this route.

 

1)    Peaslake, Surrey Hills Route

 Peaslake is a great route for beginner and intermediate MTB riders with a gentle start along roads and bridle ways before some more serious MTB climbs. Being a single track route means it’s easy to follow and you can soak up the beautiful surroundings as you go. The Surry hills MTB routes are made up of over 50 trails with some great tracks, including “Barry knows best”, “yoghurt pots” and “surrey hills classic” meaning there’s something for everyone weather your just starting out or wanting to challenge your skills.  

 

3)    Torridon, Scotland

If you’re looking for more of an MTB adventure the 29 mile Torridon Loop provides a spectacular ride. With a dramatic Scottish backdrop and huge mountains this firm trail is easy to ride no matter the weather conditions making it ideal for year round riding. This route rightfully claims to be the best in Scotland due to its widely varying terrain, long winding trails and incredible views, especially from Bealach Ban.  Nevertheless, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the stunning scenery, this route is not for the faint hearted and is best enjoyed by experienced mountain bikers.

 

 

4)    BikePark, Wales

 With 29 mountain bike routes, BikePark Wales is an incredible network of trails for riders of all abilities with swooping bermed runs, tight gnarly rock sections, jump trails, drop off’s and even a family specific loop. Fortunately the site has an uplift service to transport you from the bottom to the top of the trails meaning your legs get a little rest between runs! Out of all the amazing trails this site has to offer, we would recommend ‘Sixtapod’ the most. This 2.2km trail is the most iconic ride on this Welsh mountain. Winding through open rocky ground before flying over woodland jumps, rollers and berms this trail is certainly a classic!

 

 

5)    Havok Bike Park, Cockhill Wood

Located on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border, this awesome bike park allows you to free ride downhill through the scenic Pennine Valley of Todmorden. This is primarily a push up venue which consists of two downhill trails and three freeride trails varying in difficulty along with a set of dirt jumps. We recommend the red graded downhill trail, ‘Medusa’. This trail prides itself on the turns, twists and berms which run throughout this fast flowing route. The combination of terrains is what makes the ‘medusa’ so exciting, with even the PMBA enduro racers loving this ride!  

 

 

Sources:

1) https://www.wideopenmountainbike.com/2015/10/kye-forte-roadtrip-episode-1-gawton-gravity-hub-and-the-forest-of-dean

2) https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MTAyMDYw

3 )https://www.redbull.com/gb-en/bike-park-wales-all-facts-for-bike-addicts-red-bull

4) https://www.moredirt.com/trailphoto/90831

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