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Mountain Biking UK presents Ride Guide

Mountain Biking UK presents Ride Guide

Mountain Biking UK presents Ride Guide

Ride Guide is brought to you by Britain's best-selling mountain-bike magazine, MBUK. Inside are 15 exclusively selected routes from MBUK's resident routes expert and Rough Ride Guide author Max Darkins, beautifully captured by cycling photographer Russell Burton. They cover England, Scotland and Wales – hopefully in a future volume we'll see Northern Ireland, too – and are linked by two common threads: spectacular riding with spectacular views. Enjoy riding off the beaten track… Inside you'll find… - 15 exclusive routes from England, Scotland and Wales - Accompanying Ordnance Survey maps - Nearby café, pubs and accommodation

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1 min.
introduction

Trail centres provide an inspirational and damn-fun environment for mountain bikers of all genres, whether you’re seeking gravity-defying jumps or purpose-built tracks. They’re great. But for a long day in the saddle, a weekender or simply to enjoy more of our great island, you can’t beat hitting the hills, mountains, singletrack and bridleways. That’s where your Ride Guide, presented by MBUK magazine (mbuk.com), comes in. What follows are 15 exclusively selected routes from MBUK’s resident routes expert and Rough Ride Guide (roughrideguide.co.uk) author Max Darkins, beautifully captured by cycling photographer Russell Burton. They cover England, Scotland and Wales – hopefully in a future volume we’ll see Northern Ireland, too – and are linked by two common threads: spectacular riding with spectacular views. Enjoy riding off the beaten track… Download the OS…

6 min.
bissoe

Distance 46.39km (28.82 miles) Climbing 1,332m (4,370ft) WE SKIRT AROUND OLD QUARRIES, DOWN ROUGH SUNKEN LANES WITH HIGH WALLS, ALONG BRIDLEWAYS AND UP LINKING COUNTRY ROADS Cornwall is a popular holiday destination, known for its beaches and surfing. But it often confuses the hell out of people who’d like to do a bit of mountain biking while they’re there. Forum threads on the topic tend to result in the bewildered poster accepting they’ll just take a road bike and explore the quiet back lanes. In reality, central Cornwall provides a rich network of trails suitable for all types of off-road cycling. So we decided to explore them, to provide you with a fun route to ride and an excuse to escape the crowds on the beach. The weather isn’t quite panning out as…

7 min.
cheddar

Distance 27.94km (17.36 miles) Climbing 967m (3,172ft) WE SPY A SINGLETRACK TRAIL CUTTING THROUGH THE TREES. AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE FOREST TRACK, IT PROVES TO BE A RATHER CHALLENGING OPTION For this Big Ride, the promise of some great local riding has drawn MBUK art editor James Blackwell out for the day. He’s slightly concerned about being overbiked aboard his big-hitting GT Force, but I’m confident his endless enthusiasm and energy will see him through. Hopefully, though, he’ll slow down the supersonic pace he usually talks at so I can understand him. Our route starts from the tourist hotspot of Cheddar with its impressive limestone gorge, caves (home to the 9,000-year-old Cheddar Man skeleton) and, of course, its legendary cheese. However, the hills around here also boast fantastic biking. We set off…

6 min.
surrey hills

Distance 30km (18.6 miles) Climbing 890m (2,920ft) The Surrey Hills aren’t actually in the North Downs, as is commonly assumed, but are on the Greensands Ridge. This sandstone escarpment runs parallel to the North Downs and is covered in pine forest. Where we are today there are three distinct hills – Pitch, Holmbury and Leith – which are home to some of the best riding in the South East. And it’s all only a stone’s throw from London. These three hills are packed with great singletrack and cycling is allowed across most of them, but please be aware that this doesn’t apply to everywhere around here. Places like Winterfold and Redlands, at either end of this route, are delicate areas, so don’t stray from the rights of way, or anywhere else…

7 min.
berkshire downs

Distance 49.58km (30.81 miles) Climbing 716m (2,349ft) This ride is slap-bang in between Oxford, Newbury, Reading and Swindon. Our starting point is a spacious hilltop car park in the middle of nowhere. It’s a stone’s throw from the A34, just north of junction 13 of the M4, so it’s easy to get to. We’re in the stomping ground of the fun and popular ‘Uptonogood?’ MTB event, so we know there’s some good riding here on the Berkshire Downs. Nick Sanderson has joined us on this chilly morning. Living in Abingdon, he’s not come far, and had conveniently (for us) already accidently booked a day’s leave off from his scientific work. Despite Nick only recently getting his hands on a Transition Smuggler fullsus, he’s sensibly opted to bring his On-One Maccatuskil carbon hardtail,…

6 min.
hathersage

Distance 29.81km (18.52 miles) Climbing 838m (2,749ft) WITH A SMATTERING OF ROCKS ALONG THE WAY, IT’S OBVIOUS WHY THIS SMALL WOODLAND IS A POPULAR DESTINATION FOR RIDERS IN SHEFFIELD The Peak District sees a lot of visitors every year. Although some of its ancient rocky tracks are incredibly robust, other trails suffer, especially in the wet. The route we’re going to be riding today is in good shape thanks to the community groups that are active in these parts – Mend Our Mountains (www.mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk), Ride Sheffield (www.ridesheffield.org.uk) and Peak District MTB (www.peakdistrictmtb.org). They galvanise the collective might of the local mountain biking community to promote riders’ interests in the area. Today, we’re with one of our regular riding partners, Nick Craig. As always, the multiple cyclocross national champion’s on a tasty-looking Scott Genius,…