Reviews written by Bigmick

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November 23, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Enjoyment Factor 
 
5.0
Value For Money 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
Guides and Skills Coaches
A Great resorce for routes and information
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Bigmick
December 30, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.5
The Howgills

Set off from the town of Sedburgh (lots of cafes etc here) and followed the well published route up onto the Howgills and then down Bowderdale. Its a great ride but one for the good weather as its very exposed in places and no opportunity for help if you...

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Bigmick
April 02, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.0
England
Rivington

A great area for natural riding, but a route map or guide is required to get the best from the area. I downloaded a route to my gps and found some great riding taking in some big climbs but with some awesome descents to follow. Cafe and car...

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Bigmick
March 04, 2014 (Updated: March 04, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.1
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
England
A good trail if you are in the area

Certainly not worth a special journey, but if you find yourself riding in the area (Rivington etc ) as I was then its well worth a detour. For volunteer maintained trails its a good little run though at only a few K's long don't expect a great deal. ...

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Bigmick
February 18, 2014 (Updated: February 18, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
3.0
Peak District Hope/ladybower

The area around Hope is what can only be called a dream for mountain bikers,it has without doubt some of the best trails in England and stunning scenery to match. Given that most of the trails have a hard rock base they ride well in all conditions so can...

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Bigmick
February 05, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
A great weekend in the Dales

A group of us had booked a weekend stay at the Dales Bike centre to explore Swaledale and despite the weather taking a decidedly snowy turn in APRIL we had a great time riding the trails around Swaledale. The set up at the dales bike centre is great, accommodation...

swaledale in the snow
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Bigmick
December 27, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Hiraethog mountain bike base

Another hidden gem within the welsh hills. I've done several of the routes listed on the'Ride North Wales' website around this area and one thing that can be relied upon is big climbs and awesome scenery. As with most of the riding in this area be prepared as...

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Bigmick
December 18, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Hopton woods

Pearce Cycles have done a great job on the trails here at Hopton. There is a 1Km warm up loop which gives you an idea of what you are about to face and has a little bit of everything for you to test your skills. The main red...

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Bigmick
December 16, 2013 (Updated: December 16, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Long Mynd

This area is basically one long hill range crisscrossed with trails so you climb up one trail and ride down another and that's pretty much it. That said the variety of trails varies a fair bit from well paved to rutted mud-fests so there is plenty to keep you...

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Bigmick
December 13, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
Innerleithen

Stopped in Innerleithen town so we were able to ride to the car park each day so it didn't realy bother us that there is no cafe/bikeshop etc. Straight out of the car park the climb starts and pretty much thats the way it is (i.e. upwards) till you...

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Bigmick
December 13, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
Glentress

Spent a long weekend riding in the Tweed valley and paid two visits to Glentress. This trail centre has everything you could wish for,a great variety of trails and awesome scenery. We rode most of the trails and all had us grinning our silly heads off. The...

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Bigmick
December 12, 2013 (Updated: December 12, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
Eastridge

A great place to go if you are in the area (I was on my way back from Hopton Woods). A small car park leads to a well marked red trail and lots of off piste trails. The red trail is short but quite technical and flows really...

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Bigmick
December 12, 2013 (Updated: December 12, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Winlatter

Rode both the north and south loops and some of the blue on a day trip to the lakes and was really impressed with the trails. I had been advised that to avoid the high car parking charges to park at one of the free forestry commission carparks down...

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Bigmick
December 12, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
4.5

Went here on the way back from a daytrip to Winlatter trails and was impressed with the cafe etc at the trailhead but not with the carpark charges. Set off on the waymarked red trail but found it fairly average as far as trails go and I was back...

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Bigmick
December 12, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
Penmachno

This is a proper trail with more single track than you could ever want. But be warned its very remote and with no facilities apart from a car park go prepared. Have ridden this trail at all times of the year and there are always sections that are...

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Bigmick
December 11, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
1.5
Clwyds

Ride around here at least twice a month and there is some awesome riding to be had. The routes listed above are a good starter but these only scratch the surface,its worth getting a map and exploring or downloading a few routes of the interweb. Whichever route you...

Moel Famau on a Saturday morning
Around the Clwyds
Moel Famau on a Saturday morning
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Bigmick
December 10, 2013 (Updated: December 10, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Delamare forest

Delamare is a strange place,you either love it or hate it. There are two way-marked family trails that are a good starting point for any newcomers to the forest and are well surfaced and have good route markings. Once you have gained your bearings its best to just...

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Bigmick
December 10, 2013 (Updated: December 10, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
2.0
Climach-X

A great little trail, big climbs through stunning forest which all finishes off with allegedly the longest downhill section in wales which whilst I can't confirm it, is long and challenging in places. Also worth mentioning that this trail is based in the Dyfi forest and there are loads...

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Bigmick
December 10, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5

Great trail centre with good facilities, only ever done the Syfydrin Trail which is a real 'out there' trail and includes some back roads and tracks but also utilises all the singletrack within the forest. Its a proper ride with big climbs and descents but stunning views if the...

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Bigmick
December 09, 2013 (Updated: December 09, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
1.5
Marin Trail

One of the originals and a bit basic but certainly worth a ride if your in the area. Lots of fire road climbing, but it gives you chance to admire the stunning scenery. Trail has suffered from wear in a few places but given its rock base it...

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Bigmick
December 09, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Coed y Brenin

One of the original trail centres and possibly the best. Big trails with a real 'out there' feeling. Big climbs followed by big descents. The surface is good and holds up well in any weathers. Lots of variety of trails with options to lengthen shorten your...

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Bigmick
December 09, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0

My regular night riding haunt. Expect a big climb to start then choices of blue, red or black graded trails. A fair bit of variety and a good workout. Surface is well constructed and can be ridden in pretty much any weather but be prepared as its...

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Bigmick
December 09, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Cannock Chase

Even though its my closest trail centre I've avoided it for years but recently I've started to visit again but mainly for the 'off piste' natural trails (of which there are hundreds) The main 'man made' trails can get very busy and hence take a fair pounding so expect...

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