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  • The Burma Road MTB Route

    The Burma Road MTB GPS route is a 42km Epic ride in the Cairngorms region of the Highlands. There us a total ascent of 2270.52 ft and has a maximum elevation of 2,292.42 ft. It starts in Aviemore town centre. Head south towards the roundabout on the outskirts of the town by the Italian restaurant


    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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  • The Castleton Carrousel

    The Castleton Carrousel is a mountain bike route in the Dark Peak side of the Peak District. It is graded technically Hard / difficult and is 25.8 miles long. It takes you round and round and up and down on the trails around Castleton. It includes some of the best descents the Dark Peak area has to offer and a few testing climbs. There are a few options though. The climb out of Bradwell is a push for half its length but worth it for the descent. However, there is a short cut. For more technical descending it’s also possible to include The Beast as an ‘Out & Back’. Which ever way you do it, it’s a technical and demanding route that will push your fitness and skills to the limit.


    Start on the lane leading to the Treak Cavern, there is plenty of parking available in the pay and display laybys (GR137830)


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

  • The Gap ride, Class - Brecon

    Route starts behind the White Hart pub on a very steep and punchy 10m climb. From there the route climbs steady to over 500m with some outstanding views of Talybont on Usk Reservoir on your right hand side. At this point you are going to cross over the Bryniau Gleision moor, be prepared this is a very exposed crossing.


    From here you have an exciting 2.5km descent down to Pontsticill reservoir. At this point the route can be shorten by heading towards the Taff trail and back to the start point. if your legs are feeling good head North and back up a Bridleway towards the highest point in the route 599m and the famous Gap, given this name as a saddle between Fan Y big and Cribyn, some of the heights mountains in South Wales.


    Descend from here to Cwmcynwyn where you will be met by very quite country roads and a welcome spin of your legs after climbing over 1200m over the course of the ride.


    The start point: talybont on Usk Stores/cafe, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon LD3 7YJ


    The length and grading:  34Km - Hard - Proper Mountain biking


    GPS route log courtesy of WyeMTB delivering Mountain Bike Skills, Guiding and Leadership courses


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  • The Garburn Pass

    The Garburn Pass mountain bike route can be found in the East Lake District. It is graded Hard / Difficult and is 22 miles long. It kicks off in Waterhead (at the car park near the Regent Hotel on the edge of Windermere) just outside Ambleside, on the shore of lake Windermere.  This mountain bike route heads east to Kentmere and back. It's not an easy ride with just over 4100ft of climbing in 22 miles. There are plenty of steep climbs, the biggest being the climb out of Kentmere to the top of the Garburn Pass. This is definitely a climbers route, but one with plenty of great descents.


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

  • The Llangollen Badi

    The Llangollen Badi is a 10.4 mile mountain bike route that starts in Llangollen, North Wales, and heads into the Ceiriog Valley and back. It consists of two big climbs at two steep, rocky descents that finishes with it's name sake, the infamous Allt y Badi. It may be short but don't underestimate this ride, it's not for the fait hearted!


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

  • The Marin - Cowlyd Killer MTB GPX Route

    The Marin - Cowlyd Killer mountain bike GPX Route is in Snowdonia in North Wales. This mountain bike route of 26.3 miles adds an extremely challenging loop of trails to the Marin Trail. The extra riding starts with a long and very steep climb out of Trefriw before some very technical riding around Llyn Cowlyd. There is more technical riding from Capel Curigto Llyn Crafnant, before the route heads east, past Llyn Geirionydd, to join the Marin Trail. A lot of the technical riding is on the flat or uphill, which will reduce a good riders pace to around 4mph. It’s a real test of skill and slow control and you’ve got to like technical climbing.


    It starts from the Marin car park. 


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

  • The Mawddach Estuary and Pont Scethin MTB GPX Route

    The Mawddach Estuary and Pont Scethin mountain bike GPX route is in Snowdonia (western edge of Snowdonia national park) in North Wales. It is a 29.6 mile long route and graded Hard (difficult) in ability. 


    It starts from just outside Dolgellau with a gentle warm up and beautiful views on the Mawddach Trail before heading into the mountains behind Barmouth for some long, hard climbs and technical, rocky descents.


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Mawddach Estuary and Pont Scethin  

  • The Pheasant Track

    The Pheasant Track mountain bike trail in North Wales takes in the Ceiriog Valley, Llangollen and the Berwyns. It is graded as technically Hard / Difficult and is 20.1 miles long. It starts from Glyn Ceiriog in Wrexham County, North Wales. It uses trails in the Ceiriog Valley to the south and west of Glyn Ceiriog, which includes the Pheasant Track across Bryn Du. The route is about 40% tarmac but this is generally on the flat and the climbs, which helps reserve your energy for the fantastic off-road sections. It kicks off from the car park by the community centre (GR204379)


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


     

  • The Rhydcriw Round

    The Rhydcriw Round mountain bike route is 19.3 miles long and graded technically difficult / hard. It covers the trails over Rhydcriw in the hills to the west of Cadair idris, in Snowdonia. The trails are mainly rocky double track with a nice bit of singletrack and steep, technical rocks to spice things up. It’s essentially two ‘big’ climbs and descents. While the climbs contain have some very steep gradients they come with a big dollop of pretty to help take your mind off it. It starts from the railway station car park on the southern end of Barmouth bridge (GR628140).


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

  • The Rochdale Route

    The Rochdale Route in Calderdale is 29.5 miles long and is graded difficult / hard. It starts from the Watergrove reservoir on the Mary Towneley Loop and Pennine Bridleway at the North East edge of Rochdale. The ride circles Todmorden and drops through three steep sided valleys on the way, which includes some fantastic riding on the famous Calderdale packhorse trails. Be careful though as, while there are lots of rocks, in the wet this ride can be quite muddy in parts.


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

  • The Snowdon Ranger

    The Snowdon Ranger MTB GPS Route in Snowdon in North Wales is an 11.5 mile mountain bike route on the largest mountain in Wales. It's a big step up in technical difficulty from the Llanberis Path route with lots of steep, loose riding on big rocks with lots of switchbacks. It also gets you away from the hordes of walkers so you can really concentrate on pushing your limits. Please adhere to the times of the voluntary bike ban.

    1. Start from the main car park, next to the Electric Mountain visitor centre, in Llanberis (GR580601). At the exit of the car park turn left onto the main road and ride past the Electric Mountain visitor centre on the left. Continue following the road straight on, past the Snowdon Mountain Railway at the far side of Llanberis, then climb to a mini roundabout junction just after (GR583596). Turn right and follow the lane past the line of houses on the left to a junction with a lane on the right. Go straight on past the end of the houses then across a cattle grid for the first climb where the road becomes very steep. At the top of the very steep incline go past Pen-y-Ceunant tea house on the left. After the tea house continue climbing the lane to a gate where the lane turns right. Once through the gate follow the lane right up a short, steep climb to the signposted junction with the start of the Llanberis Path on the left (GR581589).

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

  • The Snowdon Ranger MTB GPS Route

    The Snowdon Ranger MTB GPS Route in Snowdon in North Wales is an 11.5 mile mountain bike route on the largest mountain in Wales. It's a big step up in technical difficulty from the Llanberis Path route with lots of steep, loose riding on big rocks with lots of switchbacks. It also gets you away from the hordes of walkers so you can really concentrate on pushing your limits. 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 Ranger

  • Todmorden Above the Foxes Den GPS MTB Route

    Starting at the Shepherds Rest Inn this mountain bike route takes in all the hills above Todmorden which has a unique 3 sided valley. The route starts with some great off road terrain in the form of the Pennine Bridleway and the first climb features Calderdale Off Road Climb 14. The route continues on an old pack-horse trail before sharply descending to the village of Walsden. At this point comes the biggest challenge on the ride in the form of Calderdale Off Road Climb 19, a mix of steep road and technical terrain up to the areas trig point. The next section on Limers Gate offers a fast fire road before linking into the regeneration project of Flower Scar Rd and the country road descent to Cornholme. Some challenging tarmac lies ahead before you enter some of the best natural mountain biking in the area and a technical descent to the valley floor. It’s uphill back to the start from here with one more installment of Pennine Bridleway descent.


    GPS log courtesy of Cycle Calderdale. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Above the Foxes Den


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  • Torridon Coulags MTB

    Torridon Coulags MTB GPS Route is an epic 46 km ( 29.71 mile) route in the North Highlands . This route has a total ascent of 2603.52 ft and has a maximum elevation of 1,391.47 ft.


    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.

  • Torridon MTB GPS Routes

    Torridon is epic XC in the Cairngorms, The Highlands of Scotland.  Rocky slabs, tough climbs (hike your bike), fast, technical, gnarly. Fitness is key. Kicks off from Strathcarron, Ross-Shire, Scotland IV54 8. it is 8 miles in length 

  • Walna Scar Southern Lake District

    Walna Scar mountain bike route is in the Southern Lake District. It is graded as technically difficult and is 22.3 miles long. It starts from the village of Torver, just south of Coniston in the Lake District. The ride gets harder as it progresses with the fun singletrack across Torver Low Common leading on to higher and higher fells and bigger and bigger rocks. This concludes with the final challenge of Walna Scar. Walna Scar is a beast of a climb but the descent on the other side is more than worth it. Big rocks and lots of fun!


    The route starts from the small car park at the chapel in Torver (GR285943).


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

  • Warnscale Pass Lake District MTB Route

    Warnscale Pass Lake District MTB Route is known for the tough descents. It starts in Seathwaite, Keswick, CA12 5. It is 8 miles long.
  • West Highland Way and Cow Hill

    West Highlands Way and Cow Hill route is a diffcult epic MTB ride that is 20.9 km long. Park up in the Braveheart car park in Glen Nevis riding out towards the West Highland Way. It is challenging and fast with just a few section of hike a bike.


    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.

  • West Highland Way and Devils Staircase

    The West Highland Way and Devils Staircase MTGB GPS route is a 35km epic route. Park in Glencoe Village and then head out on the B road past the Clachaig pub. At the A82 go straight over and into the parking area. From here ride up the glen on single track just accesible after the "No entry" signposts form the parking area back on the A82. Single track turns into double track at a farm. 


    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.

  • West Highland Way and Fort William

    Once out of the station (Landranger 50/NN300394), follow the waymarked West Highland Way north. This is a one way (no loop) 55km route. Great views, rocky, technical. 

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