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Finding the Best Mountain Bike Trails in the UK

Wondering where to go bike riding in the UK? When it comes to the best places to go mountain biking in particular, there are a number of trails and routes up for contention. We’ll run down some of our favourite, from family friendly routes to more challenging trails designed to push you to your limits. Find local bike trails perfect for your level of experience in our list below.
The Long Mynd – Shropshire
One of the 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK – the Shropshire Hills are home to the Long Mynd. As well as being able to see Snowdon, the Brecon Beacons, and the Malvern Hills from the summit on a clear day, the Long Mynd also had some of the best mountain bike trails in the UK. From single track descents designed for a thrilling ride, to more family friendly trails for mixed ability and even a spot of geocaching, the Long Mynd is one of the best places to go mountain biking in Shropshire.

Suitable for: All abilities

Shropshire
The Forest of Dean – Gloucestershire
Want to know where to go mountain biking if you’re looking for a location that has it all? Look no further than the Forest of Dean. From cross country tracks to those that take you on a tour of the best sites the forest has to offer, the wide choice of trails available makes it a popular choice for many mountain bikers. With everything from moderate trails designed to test your fitness and ability to dedicated downhill mountain bike trails and tracks named ‘Corkscrew’ – you can be sure there’s a track for you.

Suitable for: All abilities

Forest of Dean
Bedgebury National Pinetum – Kent
With kilometres of bike trails across its 2500 acres, Bedgebury National Pinetum is a must visit for anyone in the south. With the official website advising a map and a mobile phone just in case you get lost, Bedgebury is where to mountain bike to satisfy your inner pleasure seeker. As long as you’re good enough at navigating your route, or spontaneous enough not to care if you get lost – Bedgebury offers some truly off the beaten track mountain biking experiences for all cyclists. Try the single track trail for a high grade of difficulty, or stick to the family cycle trail for something more moderate.

Suitable for: All abilities

Kent
Lon Eifion Cycleway – Snowdonia
Though not one for the hardcore mountain biker, the Lon Eifion Cycleway tests your stamina unlike many other trails. The 24 mile round trip takes you through a number of villages and alongside the mountains of Snowdonia, with enviable views of Snowdon along the way. While not a traditional mountain biking route, this traffic free path is certainly one for those looking for a smoother ride while still posing a challenge. And if you don’t want to complete the 12 miles both ways? The Welsh Highland Railway can take you from Caernarfon to Rhydd Du station where you can connect to the cycle route.

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Suitable for: Families, cyclists looking for a less challenging ride.


Coast to Coast Trail – Cornwall
The longest of all the Mineral Tramways Trails in Cornwall, the Coast to Coast trail takes you from Portreath to Devoran (or the other way around) in an 11 mile off road track shared with walkers and horse riders. The track remains level for the most part, but also provides some steeper sections ideal for mountain-bikers via connecting routes to Wheal Busy and Hawke’s Engine House. Not the perfect choice if you’re looking for easy mountain bike trails in the region, but certainly a rewarding one.

Suitable for: Keen cyclists looking for a moderate challenge

Cornwall

Cornwall

The UK has some of the best places to go mountain biking, not least through offering tracks with varying degrees of difficulty. So, whether you’re tackling lengthier, more challenging routes or you’re looking for a family friendly day out on two wheels – find local bike trails across all corners of the UK and hit the track with confidence.
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