Cli-machx Harder is a mountain bike route in the Dyfi Forest, near Machynlleth in Mid Wales. It adds more onto the great man made Cli-machx 9 mile trail by adding natural sections on taking it to 14.6 miles long ride. so if you are travelling a long way it more justifies the trip. It is graded technically hard / difficult. There are an extra four great descents spread out across the route to spice things up.
Start from the Cli-machx car park (GR759063) and follow the Cli-machx trail up the long fire track climb.
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Cli-machx Harder
The Gunnerside Gill, Yorkshire Dales MTB GPS Loop is 11 miles long and starts from Richmond, Healaugh, DL11 6,
This mountain bike route of 29.9 miles starts from near the Ribblehead Viaduct on the western side of the Yorkshire Dales. It uses Cam High Road and the Pennine Way for a ride around Hawes and back. While mainly using double track there is a bit of everything with fast blasts, steep technical riding, some hard climbing and easy spins with stunning views. In wetter weather, this can be a very big ride but with Hawes, at the halfway point there are opportunities for refuelling and bike maintenance.
Start from the layby at the junction of the B6255 and B6479 just below The Station Inn, near the Ribblehead Viaduct (GR766792). Turn right from the layby and climb the B6255 away from the junction. After a while, the road passes the Gearstones cottages and outdoor centre on the right. Continue following the road, which after a while goes around a right hand bend and through a dip. Climb out of the dip to a left-hand bend at the top, with a junction to a gated track on the right (GR785803). Turn right onto the gravel track and go through the gate then descend straight ahead to the bridge.
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Ribblehead and Hawes
Aldie Burn MTB GPS route is a challenging12.19 mile ride in Tain. There is a total ascent of 911.71 ft and has a maximum elevation of 879.56 ft. Park at the Aldie Burn forestry commission car park.
The route was kindly donated by DMBinS Highland E-Guide which is a great resource and has extra detail on this route as well as being packed full of other routes and helpful advice across the Highlands region.
Although this is an excellent mountain bike route it utilises multi-use paths and trails. It is important we adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code at all times when using the route. For more information on what the code means for mountain bikers read the ‘Do The Ride Thing’ guide from DMBinS.
The Brighton MTB south downs route kicks off from Brighton and covers singletrack, bridleways across the South Downs. It is 36km long. The route starts at Patcham Ward, BN1 8YF
Cadair Berwyn Loop is a mountain bike track in the westtern ene of Ceiriog Valley, Llangollen and the Berwyns in North Wales. It is graded as Hard / Difficult and is 32 miles long. It circles the mountain in a clockwise direction with a pretty equal split between quite country lanes and middle of nowhere feeling moors. The ride incorporates some of the best descents the area has to offer, including the Wayfarer. It’s a fun but hard ride with fantastic views, definitely one of my favourites.
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Cadair Berwyn Loop
Cadair Berwyn Loop is a mountain bike track in the western end of Ceiriog Valley, Llangollen and the Berwyns in North Wales. It is graded as Hard / Difficult and is 32 miles long. It circles the mountain in a clockwise direction with a pretty equal split between quite country lanes and middle of nowhere feeling moors. The ride incorporates some of the best descents the area has to offer, including the Wayfarer. It’s a fun but hard ride with fantastic views, definitely one of my favourites.
Cadair Idris in a mountain bike route in Snowdonia in North Wales. It is graded hard / difficult in technical ability and is 15.5 miles long. It takes you to the summit of Cadair Idris, an 893m mountain near Dolgellau on the southern edge of the Snowdonia National Park. It is a big mountain with a good variety of trails including double track, grassy trails, sinlgetrack and a final 1.5 miles of boulder strewn trail at the top. While there is some hike-a-biking the mountain is mostly ridable, if you have the legs for it.
It starts from the Community Centre car park in Abergynolwyn (GR677069).
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB
A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Cadair Idris
If you want to go out on a big bike ride for the day, and by the day we mean up to 24 hours maybe more; the Calderdale Big Dog provides such a challenge. The route exists after 7 local mountain bikers set out to conquer 50 of the best off road climbs in Calderdale. The route covers a 152 miles and climbs a staggering 23,000ft, big numbers in the world of mountain biking. At this point you are probably thinking why would a group of people attempt this? The simple answer was to raise funds for Bipolar UK and obviously complete the challenge of a lifetime. The team rose over £3K for the charity completing the route in 23 hours.
So how hard is the actual route….honestly pretty brutal, due to the route being based on climbs the route very much follows a up and down spiked profile with very little time spent on the flat lands just spinning away. If you are not familiar with the area Calderdale is made up of steep sided valleys that offer some of the best natural mountain biking in the UK.
Realistically not many people are going to attempt this ride in one go, think that is best left for the extreme and crazy few of the mountain bike community. However the route could be ridden over a number of days or simply pick a section and enjoy what Calderdale has to offer.
GPS log courtesy of Cycle Calderdale. A full route description for this ride is available on their website here: Calderdale Big Dog
Capel Mounth MTB Route is an Epic 24.5 km GPS MTB route in the Cairngorms region of the Highlands. The route starts from the Forestry Commission car park at Glen Doll.
The Cheddar Gorge, Mendips MTB route is 14km long. Cheddar Gorge is a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills, near the village of Cheddar in Somerset. The track is full of singletrack, Black Down open moorland, Rowberrow Warren Woodland, technical climbs, and the rooty, fast descent down the Cheddar Gorge hillside itself.
Ciaran Path GPS MTB Route in the Highlands in Scotland. Technical, hard, rocky all natural route.
This is a 29.5 mile mountain bike ride starting from Clapham on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales, which is also home to Ingleborough cave. The route heads east from the village following the Pennine Bridleway before doing a loop around Pen y Ghent, then returning on more of the Pennine Bridleway. The route uses a lot of the rocky Dales double track with some great sections of singletrack and some grassy riding to Foxup.
The ride starts from the National Park Car park in Clapham, with the Clapham Bunkhouse, Café and Bar right at the entrance. At the exit of the car park turn right and follow the road to the junction in front of the church. Turn right onto the wide rocky track, then at the next junction immediately after turn left. Climb the double track through two tunnels then continue up the steep climb to a three-way junction at the top. Take the track on the right and follow the double track between the stone walls. The track starts descending gently at the first set of trees but steepens just before the second set trees. Keep descending the track until it reaches a crossroad junction with a lane.
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Clapham and Pen-y-ghent
This mountain bike route of 19.1 miles starts from just outside Conwy in North Wales. It contains some hard riding, including a long rocky climb to the summit of Drum mountain at 770m. The pay back is a 3.5 mile descent from the summit and that’s only one of a number of great descents. As well as good riding there are fantastic views across the coast and the Great Orme.
The ride starts from a car park at a junction on the Sychnant pass road, by Crow's Nest Hall (GR759769). Turn right out of the exit to the car park and follow the singletrack lane away from the road junction, keeping the hill on the right. Stay on the lane and follow it all the way to where it ends to a T-junction (GR764756). Turn right and start the first big climb of the day. Go straight on at the next junction then, after a left then right hand bend, go straight on at the following junction. At a junction with a track on the right follow the lane left over a stream, then bear right past a track on the left. Continue climbing the lane to a forked junction at a house (GR754745). Turn left and follow the sign for the chapel. Ignore the next road on the left and continue climbing the tarmac. Near the top of the hill, by a farm on the right, go straight through a gate and onto the concrete track. A short distance later take the muddy track on the left and follow it to a junction at the top of the climb (GR751738).
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Conwy and the North Wales Path
Corrieyairack Pass GPS MTB route is a an epic 40km trail with 1072 metres of ascent. It starts and you park in Fort Augustus, head east and skirt around Loch Ness for 2km until you begin to climb.
Cow Hill is a challenging natural trail that is 10.8km long. Although short it is steep and physically rather than technically hard. You can park in the Braveheart car park in Glen Nevis taking the top car park path out to start the route.
This 21.5 mile mountain bike route is an out and back on the Cut Gate trail directly north of the Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District, with a loop around Langsett Reservoir at the halfway point. This ride has some excellent rocky descending that gets very technical in places. It also crosses a lot of trails on exposed peat, so it is advisable not to ride this route in the wet as there are long sections of trail that can be very boggy.
Start from the car park at the Upper Derwent Visitor Centre (GR172893). At exit of the car park turn right and follow the road to the roundabout behind the Visitor Centre then take the second exit, a gated road directly to the left of the entrance to the Visitor Centre. The road passes underneath the Derwent dam before bearing right and climbing to a junction (GR174894). Turn sharp left and follow lane, which soon becomes a wide gravel track. Keep following the wide track up the right hand side of the valley past the Derwent then Howden reservoirs. Continue climbing past the end of the Howden reservoir then after going through a gate descend a short way to a junction. Turn right to a bridge and ford, at the stream crossing (GR170963).
GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Cut Gate
Cut Gate Path in the Peak District is a technical out and back trail. It's a tough, remote, rocky and steep. It can get boggy in wet weather. It starts at S36 4GY Langsett.
The Dartmoor Devon Killer Loop MTB GPS route is 40km long and has 1500m of climbing. It kicks off in North Bovey in Dartmoor national park. One note at Peck Farm keep the farm on your left as you climb, the trail goes round to the right.
This ride kicks off (and ends) at the Devils Punch Bowl car park in Hindhead. Lots of fun descents that are gnarly, can get quite steep, the occasional (breath holding) shute down on top also. It can get quite technical and the ups can be steep. I did quite a lot of pushing up but was worth it for the gnarly descents. Natural feel but a few carved sections and a really neat downhill area. Enjoy. About 8-9 miles long.
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