Mountain bike routes in the UK

There are plenty of mountain bike trails all around the UK to choose from making it difficult to sift through them and the perfect one to cycle. To help you in the right direction, here are some of the top mountain bike routes in the UK that must be ridden if and when you get a chance.

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Glentress Mountain Bike trail centre is the most well known trail centres in Scotland. Offering 45 miles of trails to explore, there is something for everyone here. Beginners can start out on the smooth single track which takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete. The red and black trails contain switchbacks, rock sections and many other different types of terrain. The Deliverance section on the black trail is a great challenge if you are looking to push yourself to explore new limits.

Mabie, also in Scotland, is a must visit for every mountain biker where the trails are interwoven throughout the forest. Beginners should head over to the 8km "Big Views Loop" which is neither technically too difficult nor too hilly. The light blue "Woodhead Loop" is just a small extension of the Big Views Loop with more climbing involved. The real challenge lies in the Kona Dark Side "North Shore" Trail. This is said to be the hardest trail in the UK and a real test of your balance.

Located in Wales, Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Trail Centre is the largest centre in Britain. 8 trails, 6 of which are graded red or above, maze through the forest hitting a hand built single-track. They have recently added in a new bike handling skills area with clearly graded features. If the trail doesn't take your breath away, the view definitely will. Overlooking Snowdonia National Park, this area is extremely hard to beat while on the trails.

Coed Llandegla in Northern Wales is another great mountain bike destination for people of all experience levels. Along the green and blue routes, bikers will find picnic benches where they can rest and enjoy the scenery. These routes all contain fun descents and flat and wide sections. The intermediate red routes and black routes take you around berms, over a few jumps and offer the option to take more 'extreme' trails. There is also a free ride and skills area where bikers can have fun with berms, jumps and smooth hard surfaces in the company of fellow mountain bikers.

For those looking for trails in England, Dalby Forest is a must. It is England's largest trail centre and consists of a mix of blue routes with an easy single track and open terrain. The popular Dalby's red route is 23 miles with a unique and varied route. The black course is the XC World Cup, which it is important to note is not for the faint hearted so be prepared to test your bike out to the max.

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