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  • Llyn Cowlyd

    The Llyn Cowlyd mountain bike route is in Snowdonia in North Wales. It is graded as Difficult/ Hard and is 16.9 miles long. It starts from the Crafnant car park just above Trefriw in the Conwy Valley. Although the ride is not that long it takes in a good few miles of technical, rocky trails through the stunning scenery the Snowdonia National Park. This is combined with a very 'out in the wilds' feeling, which can become even wilder in bad weather, especially in the high valley that contains Llyn Cowlyd.


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    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Llyn Cowlyd

  • Loch Affric MTB GPS Route

    Loch Affric MTB GPS Route is a challenging 17km route with a total ascent of 237 metres in the Loch Ness region. The start is grid reference is NH 189 227 which is the Affric Forest forestry 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.

  • Long Mynd

    This Long Mynd mountain bike track in the Shropshire Hills is graded as hard/ difficult. It is 27.6 miles long and starts in Church Stretton, Shropshire. It’s a winch and plummet route that reaches the ridge five times, with little riding on the flat in between. It takes in the best descents the hills have to offer but also a lot of hard climbs. While your legs will definitely be sore you should finish with a big grin on your face.


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Long Mynd Hard

  • Long Mynd Long

    Long Mynd Long mountain bike track in shropshire is graded Hard/ Difficult and is 29 miles long. It traverses almost the whole length of the Long Mynd ridge. It has some great descents but with over 4600ft of ascent make sure you take your climbing legs. The ride starts off in the centre of Church Stretton, conveniently next to a Co-op and some public toilets, at a pay and display car park that isn't expensive.


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Long Mynd Long

  • Macc Forest Hard

    Macc Forest Hard is a mountain bike route in the Peak District in England. It is graded as Hard / Difficult in technical ability and is 24.6 miles long. It covers much of the classic route as well as Tegg’s Nose and a couple of different trails around Three Shire Heads. The extra trails give the route a real kick with some tough rocky challenges to try and clean. Even with the variations it still retains all the good bits from the Classic route. It starts from the car park at the far end of the Ridgegate Reservoir (GR961711).


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Macc Forest Hard


     

  • Nan Bield Pass MTB Route

    Nan Bield Pass MTB Route in the Lake District is infamous. It revolves around reaching the Nan Bield Pass then doing the Kentmere Common descent down to Stile End. It's full of rocky sections, fast singletrack, chutes and ruts. It is 10 miles long.
  • Nan Bield Pass, Lake District GPS MTB Route

    Nan Bield Pass, Lake District from Staveley has technical rocky descents, tough, hike a bike

  • Quantocks Killer Loop

    The Quantocks Killer Loop MTB route is 19 miles long and starts from Bridgwater, Holford, Somerset, TA5 1.

  • Rhyd Ddu, Snowdon GPS MTB Route

    Rhyd Ddu, Snowdon GPS MTB Route is one of the top trails on Mount Snowdon in North Wales. Epic, hard, technical, It is around 24 kilometres

  • Skiddaw Circuit and Summit, Northern Lake District

    Skiddaw Circuit and Summit mountain bike route is in the Northern Lake District in North West England. It is graded as technically hard / difficult and is  22 miles  long with just over 4400ft of climbing.  It starts from Keswick and circles Skiddaw using the Skiddaw House trail, before a steep ascent of the mountain.  With a fantastic descent from Skiddaw House to Keswick it's worth doing even if you don't make the summit.


    It begins from the car park behind the bike shop (GR267236) 


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Skiddaw Circuit and Summit

  • Sligachan MTB GPS Route

    Sligachan MTB GPS Route is an epic 46km trail with an ascent of 1000m. Set off from the Sligachan hotel and ride 14km south on the A87. At Luib turn of the road and through a gate signposted to Torrin.


    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.


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  • Snowdon - Llanberis Path

    The Snowdon - Llanberis Path 10 mile mountain bike GPS route starts in Llanberis, in Snowdonia, North Wales and climbs the Llanberis Path to the summit of Snowdon before returning down the same track.It is graded Difficult/ Hard. Before attempting this, or any of the other Snowdon routes, remember even though it is covered in tourists Snowdon is a big mountain, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. The majority of the riding is made up of steep, bouldery trials that will test your riding skills to the limit. The percentages on what is ridable are based on a very fit rider comfortable with Scottish level black runs. Which ever route you choose there will be a certain amount of hike-a-biking, so you must be happy with pushing and carrying your bike. Also, please adhere to the times of the voluntary bike ban.


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    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Snowdon - Llanberis Path.

  • Snowdon - Rhyd Ddu MTB Route

    The Snowdon - Rhyd Ddu GPS MTB Route is in Snowdonia in North Wales. It is graded as hard / difficult and is 15 miles long. It starts in Llanberis.


    After climbing the Llanberis path to the summit of Snowdon it descends the Rhyd Ddu path. Rhyd Ddu is the hardest and most consistantly technical bridleway on Snowdon. It starts on the opposite side of the cafe to the Llanberis trail with a treacherous push across the top of a 350m drop before descending boulder after boulder after boulder all the way to Rdhy Ddu village at the bottom. If you want to ride this route please adhere to the times of the voluntary bike ban.


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Snowdon - Rhyd Ddu

  • Snowdon - Twin Peaks GPX Route

    Snowdon - Twin Peaks GPX Route is a mountain bike GPS track is an extremely diffcult and technical ride. It is 19.2 miles long. Snwodon is in Snowdonia in North Wales. It uses all the bridleways on Snowdon and in doing so reaches the summit twice. Steep, bouldery trials that will test your riding skills to the limit make up the majority of this route. The percentages included on what is ridable are based on a very fit rider comfortable with riding Scottish level black runs. There is a lot of hike-a-biking on this route so you must be happy with pushing and carrying your bike. When riding this route please adhere to the times of the voluntary bike ban.


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Snowdon - Twin Peaks

  • Staveley and the Garburn Pass Eastern Lake District

    Staveley and the Garburn Pass mountain bike route is in the Eastern Lake District in North West England. It is graded as technically hard/ difficult and is 19.3 miles long. It is a great ride for those who like technical Lake District riding. It climbs the Garburn Pass from the Troutbeck side, which is mainly rideable but with a few difficult sections that only the best will clean. Descending the Garburn Pass into Kentmere is for those who like steep, loose, boulder strewn, technical descents. Although the Garburn Pass is the first and best descent the rest will not disappoint with a good mixture of pick your way down boulders and fast blasts.


    It begins from the car park behind Wheelbase cycles in Staveley(GR471983)


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Staveley and the Garburn Pass



  • Staveley and the Nan Bield Pass Eastern Lake District

    Staveley and the Nan Bield Pass mountain bike route is in the Eastern Lake District in North West England. It is graded as technically difficult / hard and is 21.5 miles long. The section from Kentmere to Haweswater and back includes a lot of technical riding on loose boulders and bedrock. There are a couple of very steep climbs and the one from Haweswater to the top of the Nan Bield Pass involves a difficult hike-a-bike. If that is your kind of thing then carry on. It begins from the car park behind Wheelbase cycles in Staveley (GR471983).


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Staveley and the Nan Bield Pass

  • Stavely Three Passes Eastern Lake District

    Staveley - Three Passes mountain bike route can be found in the Eastern Lake District in North West England. It is graded as technically hard / difficult and is 25 miles long. It is a beast of a Lake District ride starting in Staveley. It crosses three classic passes, which results in lots of technical, rocky riding. The climbs are big and brutal with lots of hike-a-biking but this pays back with seemingly endless technical descending. If you like big, hard rides this has got to be on your 'to do' list.


    Begin from the Mill Yard car park in Staveley (GR471983)


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Staveley - Three Passes.

  • Sticks Pass MTB Route

    Stick’s Pass MTB GPS route if full of rock gardens and singletrack. It starts in Glenridding, CA11, Cumbria and is 8 miles long.

  • Surrey Hills Winterfold Long Ride

    Kicking off in Walking Bottom car park and heading up Pitch Hill onto Winterfold this is a ride that takes in many of the best on offer. It's about 13 - 15 miles and graded hard. There are a few big drops to watch out for although always a chicken run option to go round. Some of the sections are Proper Bo, Bo Selecta, Double Drop, Secret Santa, Northern Monkey, Supernova, Pitch Downhill and more. One of my faves.

  • The Beast of Llangollen

    The Beast of Llangollen mountain bike route takes in Ceiriog Valley, Llangollen and the Berwyns in North Wales. It is graded hard/ difficult and is 26.4 miles long. 


    It heads to the Ceiriog Valley and back from Llangollen via some of the steepest, longest climbs and steepest, rockiest descents. With around 4800ft of climbing on the way it is definitely a beast of a ride but one that will leave a big (tired) grin on your face after taking in most of the best descents the valleys have to offer.


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    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: The Beast of Llangollen

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