Our Top UK Riding Spots

02/19/2024 by

The spots we choose to ride our mountain bikes when we can prise ourselves away from the Forest of Dean…

It’s about this time of year, when it’s still wet and dark, that you plan out your next 12 months riding right?  
We’re so spoilt living in the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean that we rarely venture away from all the greatness on our doorstep, but when we do, these are some of our favourite UK spots to hit up…

1) Risca 
Gareth riding at Risca
The riders over at Risca have built some amazing trails around the valley. There are loads of off piste (waymarked now) trails from the Forest Drive at Cwmcarn, and you can be doing laps for days and never get bored.   With that little bit of extra height, and some great soil that drains well all year round, this is a great stop to hit in the winter!   

2) Dyfi
Gareth riding at Dyfi
  Obviously the bike park is epic – racetrack is our personal favourite! But the wider area deserves a mention as well.   Just across the road you have the Climax trail network, and a plethora of off piste riding. Hit up Dave from Bike Corris who is based at the bottom of the trails and a local oracle of bike related knowledge….Oh and he also has some cabins in the area that he rents to mountain bikers too.

3)  Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)  
Descending Snowdon Ranger
We have to do an annual pilgrimage to Yr Wyddfa. The highest mountain in both Wales and England has some amazing natural riding. We do the classic Llanberis Path to Snowdon Ranger loop.  If you’re not scared of exposure then you could come down the Rhyd Ddu path but this is very full on!   Don’t forget there is a voluntary ban on mountain biking on Snowdon though.Cyclists are asked not to ride to or from the summit of Snowdon between the hours of 10am & 5pm from the 1st of May to the 30th of September.   You’ll also need a proper kit and backpack. This is a proper big mountain, so be prepared!  

4) Golfie
Martin Golfie
The home of mountain biking in Scotland – Innerleithen and Glentress has hosted the World Enduro series for the last x number of years. The Golfie, just outside Inners is home to all the classic off piste tracks like New York, New York, Flat White, No Social, Repeat Offender…. the list goes on.   You definitely need a weekend here this year!  

Yes there are so many more great spots to ride in the UK, but these are just a few that are good enough to prise us away from the FOD!
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