Langdon Hills Country Park is Basildon in Essex. 15 miles of natural XC mountain biking trails
Long Mynd and the Devil's Chair mountain bike track in Shropshire is graded moderate and is 24.8 miles long. It starts from Church Stretton. It climbs over Long Mynd to the Stiperstones before traversing the ridge and returning. There is one really hard climb, that being the first one out of Carding Mill Valley, but after that the route consists of long but steady climbs and three 2 mile descents with nothing too technical, just fun and fast. With 9 miles spent on quite country lanes the ride does seem shorter than the full distance would suggest. The ride starts off in the centre of Church Stretton, conveniently next to a Co-op and some public toilets, at a pay and display car park which isn't too expensive.
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Long Mynd and the Devil's Chair
Macc Forest Hard is a mountain bike route in the Peak District in England. It is graded as Hard / Difficult in technical ability and is 24.6 miles long. It covers much of the classic route as well as Tegg’s Nose and a couple of different trails around Three Shire Heads. The extra trails give the route a real kick with some tough rocky challenges to try and clean. Even with the variations it still retains all the good bits from the Classic route. It starts from the car park at the far end of the Ridgegate Reservoir (GR961711).
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Macc Forest Hard
Nan Bield Pass, Lake District from Staveley has technical rocky descents, tough, hike a bike
This MTB ride starts across the road from the country’s largest vineyard which offers a unique starting section for this challenging ride. This ride showcases the North Downs in all its amazing glory and the routes weave through the exciting forest covered tracks and bridleways of Ranmore Common, Hurst Wood, Wooton Common and Broadmoor.
Ride starts from Friends Life Building, Pixham End, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1QA
Parkamoor - Claife Heights mountain bike route is in the Southern Lake District in North West England. It is graded as technically moderately and is 23.5 miles long. It starts from Hawkshead in the southern Lake District. It begins by following The North Face Trail before leaving Grizedale Forest for lots of natural rocky riding, which includes the Parkamoor descent and Claife Heights.
It begins from the car park in Hawkshead (GR353981).
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Parkamoor - Claife Heights
This Plymouth MTB GPS route starts from Yelverton, Postbridge, Devon, PL20 6. The route is 23 miles long and in the Dartmoor National Park.
Home of the historic Swanage Railway line, the route heads straight out onto the white chalky ridges of the stunning Jurassic Coastline. Along the route you’ll take in some of the best vistas the Dorset coast has to offer including getting up close and personal with Old Harry Rocks and Corfe Castle. The route itself is a stunning mix of big wide chalky downs, long sweeping descents, challenging climbs and fast flowing technical single-track. - See more at: http://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/wiggle-purbeck-hill-a-saurus-mtb/#sthash.LigaxBWI.dpuf
The route starts from:
Herston Camp Site Washpond Ln Swanage Dorset
Skiddaw Circuit and Summit mountain bike route is in the Northern Lake District in North West England. It is graded as technically hard / difficult and is 22 miles long with just over 4400ft of climbing. It starts from Keswick and circles Skiddaw using the Skiddaw House trail, before a steep ascent of the mountain. With a fantastic descent from Skiddaw House to Keswick it's worth doing even if you don't make the summit.
It begins from the car park behind the bike shop (GR267236)
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Skiddaw Circuit and Summit
Staveley and the Nan Bield Pass mountain bike route is in the Eastern Lake District in North West England. It is graded as technically difficult / hard and is 21.5 miles long. The section from Kentmere to Haweswater and back includes a lot of technical riding on loose boulders and bedrock. There are a couple of very steep climbs and the one from Haweswater to the top of the Nan Bield Pass involves a difficult hike-a-bike. If that is your kind of thing then carry on. It begins from the car park behind Wheelbase cycles in Staveley (GR471983).
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Staveley and the Nan Bield Pass
Staveley - Three Passes mountain bike route can be found in the Eastern Lake District in North West England. It is graded as technically hard / difficult and is 25 miles long. It is a beast of a Lake District ride starting in Staveley. It crosses three classic passes, which results in lots of technical, rocky riding. The climbs are big and brutal with lots of hike-a-biking but this pays back with seemingly endless technical descending. If you like big, hard rides this has got to be on your 'to do' list.
Begin from the Mill Yard car park in Staveley (GR471983).
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Staveley - Three Passes.
This Surrey Hills MTB route is 25 miles long and starts from Dorking (RH4 1).
A 23 mile loop that kicks off from Swansea, Parkmill, West Glamorgan, SA3 2.
The Clwyds and Nercwys Forest GPX mountain bike route is graded moderate and is in the the Clwydian Range in North Wales. Starting from below Moel Famau this mountain bike route follows the rolling hills to Nercwys Forest before returning along the Southern end of the Clwydian Range. Not especially technical but it does contain some really nice descents. There is a bit of tarmac on this ride but it is mainly along quiet country lanes and is quite enjoyable. It makes the ride feel slightly less than its distance of 21 miles.
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Clwyds and Nercwys Forest
Route starts behind the White Hart pub on a very steep and punchy 10m climb. From there the route climbs steady to over 500m with some outstanding views of Talybont on Usk Reservoir on your right hand side. At this point you are going to cross over the Bryniau Gleision moor, be prepared this is a very exposed crossing.
From here you have an exciting 2.5km descent down to Pontsticill reservoir. At this point the route can be shorten by heading towards the Taff trail and back to the start point. if your legs are feeling good head North and back up a Bridleway towards the highest point in the route 599m and the famous Gap, given this name as a saddle between Fan Y big and Cribyn, some of the heights mountains in South Wales.
Descend from here to Cwmcynwyn where you will be met by very quite country roads and a welcome spin of your legs after climbing over 1200m over the course of the ride.
The start point: talybont on Usk Stores/cafe, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon LD3 7YJ
The length and grading: 34Km - Hard - Proper Mountain biking
GPS route log courtesy of WyeMTB delivering Mountain Bike Skills, Guiding and Leadership courses
The Garburn Pass mountain bike route can be found in the East Lake District. It is graded Hard / Difficult and is 22 miles long. It kicks off in Waterhead (at the car park near the Regent Hotel on the edge of Windermere) just outside Ambleside, on the shore of lake Windermere. This mountain bike route heads east to Kentmere and back. It's not an easy ride with just over 4100ft of climbing in 22 miles. There are plenty of steep climbs, the biggest being the climb out of Kentmere to the top of the Garburn Pass. This is definitely a climbers route, but one with plenty of great descents.
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: The Garburn Pass
The Pheasant Track mountain bike trail in North Wales takes in the Ceiriog Valley, Llangollen and the Berwyns. It is graded as technically Hard / Difficult and is 20.1 miles long. It starts from Glyn Ceiriog in Wrexham County, North Wales. It uses trails in the Ceiriog Valley to the south and west of Glyn Ceiriog, which includes the Pheasant Track across Bryn Du. The route is about 40% tarmac but this is generally on the flat and the climbs, which helps reserve your energy for the fantastic off-road sections. It kicks off from the car park by the community centre (GR204379).
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: The Pheasant Track
Walna Scar mountain bike route is in the Southern Lake District. It is graded as technically difficult and is 22.3 miles long. It starts from the village of Torver, just south of Coniston in the Lake District. The ride gets harder as it progresses with the fun singletrack across Torver Low Common leading on to higher and higher fells and bigger and bigger rocks. This concludes with the final challenge of Walna Scar. Walna Scar is a beast of a climb but the descent on the other side is more than worth it. Big rocks and lots of fun!
The route starts from the small car park at the chapel in Torver (GR285943).
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Walna Scar
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