It’s was wet Sunday in December, the Christmas shopping was all done and I have just managed to perfect the frother on my new espresso machine. Time to make a start on the Tax Return…………
Or time to start dreaming of future mountain bike adventures, wild trails and discovering more of the best cycling in the UK……………..
#1 PONT-SECETHIN & RHINOGAU
Having grown up with Snowdonia on my doorstep I have ridden a lot of it. However, for some reason I never got as far as the south west corner to ride the old Welsh drovers roads and packhorse bridge by Tal-y-Bont. It’s a short route, 19km but with 850m of climbing it promises to be a tough one.
#2 BEN A’AN
Check out the video of the MTBcut rider Joe Barnes riding Ben A’an near Loch Lomand. Looks amazing eh?
I’ve “done” Helvelyn coming down Dollywagon which is a bit of a waste, unless you like steps – if you do you’ll love it! I reckon this massif in the Lake District has a lot more on offer so look forward to exploring Sticks Pass and Dodd Fell to the west.
I have ridden here four times: the views are spectacular, the rocks are both slick and jagged and with a 40 minute descent on offer the trails that criss-cross the lumps of Granite between Torridon and Coulags are THE BEST in the UK . It’s pretty hard going so not for the trail centre crowds but those with the minerals will love the challenge. There is also the Corie Mhic Nobuil loop to the north which, despite having a bit of pushing in the middle when the rocks get too much, has an amazing descent bringing you back into Glen Torridon.
Ride this quick before the Fun Police tarmac the whole thing! Rode it on a wet August day and it was awesome. The lower half has been sanitised (thanks!) but is still fast enough to do. There are some other trails in the vicinity that make this worthwhile too.
In Kenny Wilson’s Mountain Bike Scotland guide book he says this route is pretty hard with a high point of 900m and a 2km push with a 400m height gain. I almost believe him but want to check it out for myself just to make sure.
There are some great trails around Dent in the Yorkshire Dales. Dent Fell, South Lord’s Land and Great Wold all have some rapid descents but looking at the map it’ would appear there are some more to be explored and linked up to other Dales.
The Ciaran Path is uber rocky with lots of slow technical bits. The Devil’s Staircase is fast and flowing. Combining the two with a ride up Glen Coe could make this possibly the greatest day out on a bike you could ever have. Will keep you posted.
After doing a few rides in this area including the classic Wayfearer route I am keen to go back and explore some more. There is loads of Bridleways taking in great descents into Corwen and Pennant; tough climbs out of Cynwyd and rolling hills around Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog.