The UK offers some of the most exhilarating mountain biking destinations in the world, and with more and more companies offering mountain bikes on finance, it’s never been easier to get your two-wheeled adrenaline fix. So if those thrill-seekers among you are looking for a new off-road ride to hit this weekend, here are our top five insane trails that prove your next downhill run is never too far away!
Coed Llandegla, North Wales
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Whether you’re a novice looking for a fun but safe way to ease you into mountain biking, or a seasoned thrill-seeker looking for their next challenge, ‘Degla’ has you covered! There are a huge range of different routes that suit whatever your ability and fitness level; so if you’re still finding your feet, take your time on the picturesque Green Trail or – if you’re a little more experienced – take advantage of the boardwalk sections and wild series of table top jumps on the B-Line Trail.
Nan Bield Pass, Lake District
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The Lake District’s Nan Bield Pass really is the definition of natural trail riding, and definitely not one for the faint hearted. It includes some of the toughest climbs out of any UK MTB trail , even requiring you to carry your bike up steep, rocky and brutal terrain – however, if you think you’re up to the challenge, you’ll be rewarded with some of the country’s most incredible technical rocky descents. You’ll definitely be heading home with boasting rights after tackling this one!
Fort William Downhill, Scotland
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Famously serving the downhill section of the UCI Mountain Biking World Championships, Fort William is one for every keen mountain biker’s bucket list.
Unlike Nan Bield Pass, the intimidating climbs are assisted by gondolas – so you can save your energy to tackle the challenging 525m drops over 2.5km – giving even the most experienced riders a good 4-5 minutes of down-hill exhilaration. Certainly not one for the faint hearted!
Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
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And finally; Brecon Beacons is one for the adventurers among you. With the national park covering over 500 square miles, you don’t just have your choice of trails, but you can also camp under the stars and leaving reality at home for a few days!
As home to the Great Forest and the Black Mountain and the Great Forest this route boasts some of the most incredible views in Wales – but that’s not the only thing that attracts bikers from all over the world. The choice of trails cater to everyone; from easy ones for those of you who have only just given up on stabilisers, to mind-blowing endurance trails that, by their own admission “should be considered totally unrideable for the majority of people”. Amazing! We’d definitely recommend taking someone with you on their trail – even if it’s just to take a photo of you defying gravity!