It is hard to beat the thrill of mountain biking, especially when you set off for a mountain biking weekend with a few friends. There are many benefits to this sport, including improved health and fitness, mental health benefits, and the chance to spend time in nature. This means that it can also be a great hobby for kids to pick up and could improve their lives in many ways. So, where are the best places in the UK for a mountain biking trip?
Nan Bield Pass, Lake District
The Lake District is a superb choice for a mountain biking trip as there are so many places to discover and so much natural beauty on show. Nan Bield Pass is a popular spot with thrill-seekers thanks to the incredible Kentmere Descent that follows Nan Bield Pass with all kinds of challenges to take on with the backdrop of the mesmerizing Lakeland valley landscape.
Rhyd Ddu, Snowdon
Rhy Ddu is another popular trail with mountain biking enthusiasts as a chance to explore Snowdon as well as conquer the legendary 1,085-meter mountain (the highest point in the British Isles outside of Scotland!). The steep climb is worth the views at the top as well as the exhilarating ride back down taking you to the charming town of Llanberis.
As an area with such rugged natural beauty, it is no surprise that Scotland is a great destination for mountain biking vacations. There are many excellent spots to choose from, but it is Torridon in the Northwest Highlands that is known among the mountain biking community with its dramatic scenery and an isolated trail that ascends gradually. Once you reach Bealach Ban you are treated to astonishing views of the surrounding area that are not to be missed.
Somerset is another good choice as somewhere with so much natural beauty and rugged countryside to conquer. Exmoor is one of the best places for a mountain biking trip starting in Porlock taking you through the picturesque Horner Wood with a few tough climbs taking you to Webber’s Post and finally across sprawling open moorland before arriving in Brockwell.
Purchasing a holiday home for yourself and your friends to retreat to after a thrilling ride can make the experience even greater and give you the chance to recover, share stories and reflect on a day’s riding.
These are a few of the best places to discover on a mountain biking holiday that will provide you with a thrilling and rewarding experience with friends.