The Best Mountain Biking Trails UK

Have you been wondering what the best mountain biking trails UK are? There are various physical and mental benefits attached to mountain biking, and the activity never seems to decline in popularity, with a vast range of people taking it up every year. Mountain biking can help us fight obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more. It can reduce stress on the joints, reduce the chances of contracting diseases, boost our immune systems, improve mood, help us build brain power, increase our coordination, improve balance, help us sleep better and even improve our social lives. If you’re ready to boost your health and get out into nature, read on to learn about some of the most popular mountain biking trails UK right now.

Gisburn Forest near Ambleside has a skills loop designed to help you polish up skills like table tops. More experienced cyclists may wish to skip the loop and immediately head to the 18km red grade trail 8 Bike trails or Bottoms Beck, renowned for its blue graded range of surfaces.

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Located close to Northwich in Cheshire, Delamere has an excellent skills area and offers miles of XC trails. It is enjoyed by riders throughout the year. It is particularly popular with evening riders and features two waymarked trails.  

Up in County Durham, Hamsterley Forest is one of the North East’s most popular locations for riders and is home to the exciting 4X course at Descend Bike Park. It caters for riders of all levels and offers miles of exhilarating cross-country routes. The forest is located close to Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Durham.

Not a million miles away from Hamsterley is the famed Dalby Forest in the southern slopes of the North York Moors. Dalby Forest features miles of technical singletrack, Dixon’s Hollow Bike Park and the incredibly challenging but rewarding 2010 World Cup XC course.

If you’re in or planning on visiting South East England, Bedgebury Forest in Kent could be the facility for you. Offering fast red grade singletrack and family-friendly routes, Bedgebury is located conveniently close to London and has more than 25km of traffic free and signposted trails.

Over in the Forest of Dean in Gloucester, the Cannop Cycle Centre boasts an excellent fusion of singletrack and trails, with the Sawllowvallets bike area featuring the Freeminer Trail and exceptional downhill runs.

Another fantastic option for riders in the South West is Haldon Forest Park. This facility is ideal for highly-experienced freeriders and is home to a popular new red grade XC trail as well as a host of other rewarding trails.

Riders in the Midlands often head to Cannock Chase in the West and Sherwood Pines in the East. The former caters for riders of all levels and is home to the Stile Cop Bike Park, Monkey Trail and the Follow the Dog Trail. The latter offers a host of graded trails including the Kitchener Trail that offers warp speeds. These are just a small selection of the most popular mountain biking trails UK.

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