Mountain biking is an exciting and growing sport across the UK. With more trails and more trail centres opening up across the country, there hasn't been a better time to explore the countryside on two wheels. This week's two posts will list the top ten mountain biking areas in the country to help you make the most of what's on offer.
If you're planning to take your bikes with you when using one of our holiday cottages, here are some great places to ride. Alternatively, if you're looking for some holiday inspiration. We have holiday cottages close to each of these locations that would welcome mountain bikers with open arms!
Dalby Forest, Yorkshire
Dalby Forest is one of the newest trail centres in the country and is already very busy. It is currently England's largest trail centre with a range of trails for all abilities. Beginners can try the blue runs, those who have been riding for a while might try the red, while those who really know what they are doing can try the World Cup XC Course.
Swinley Forest, Berkshire
Located close to Bracknell, Swinley Forest is one of the oldest mountain biking trail centres in the country. It has had something of a makeover recently though with better trails, better trail markings and a mix of green, blue, red and black trails across the entire 2,600 acre forest.
Coed y Brenin, North Wales
Coed y Brenin is widely credited with being the birthplace of the British trail centre. It's one of the most established, with café, workshop, showers and miles and miles of trails to enjoy. Being Wales, there is plenty of climbing but there is also plenty of descending to reward all that hard work.
Rhyd Ddu, Snowdon, Wales
Staying in Wales, this awesome trail up and down Snowdon is for those who know their limits and can comfortably surpass them. The first climb is tough, up to Bwlch Maesgwm then down to Llanberis, up again to the mountain and then single track all the way back down. It's steep, open and contains some ridge riding which more than pays for all that climbing!
Glentress is regarded as having some of the best mountain biking of anywhere in the country. There are over 50 miles of trails, good facilities, fantastic scenery and even a north shore section for those who like that kind of thing. Trails range from green to orange extreme, so there really is something for everyone.
Join us on Thursday for the final part of the UK's top mountain biking. Remember, if you feel inspired or want to find a bike-friendly holiday cottage, check the map on the website. There are literally hundreds of cottages to choose from!