The 7 most popular mountain biking spots in the UK revealed
As anyone who has tried and failed to buy a bike in the last year knows, cycling has grown in popularity during the pandemic. In reality, government data shows that between the beginning of March and May 2020, cycling increased by up to 384%.
Traveling abroad can still be, at best, a huge pain in the butt, but the good news is that the UK is full of incredible mountain ranges and forest trails for the adventurous cyclist. Obviously these are strictly for mountain bikes (our general best mountain bike guides or best mountain bikes under £500 will help you decide if you don’t have one yet) – don’t bring your new one road bike here.
Recreation Lakes Bikes conducted a study of the most popular places for mountain bikers, based on Tripadvisor review data. Read on for the first seven. If you’re looking to get your wheels dirty this summer, this might be a good place to start.
Topping the list is St Michael’s Mount, a beautiful Cornish tidal island linked to the mainland by a man-made granite causeway. This location, with its coastal views and trails suitable for a range of ability levels, has garnered 5,033 reviews.
Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, follows in second place with over 3,000 reviews. The steep climbs and rocky trails attract seasoned mountain bikers, as does the option to ride the train if you don’t want to do it by bike. Note, however, that if you fancy tackling Snowdon on two wheels, you’ll need to adhere to the Snowdon Voluntary Cycling Agreement, which asks cyclists not to pedal on Snowdon between 10am and 5pm from May to September.
At number 3, Scotland enters the rankings with Cairngorm Mountain, with its ski slopes ideal for cycling in the warmer months, closely followed by Ben Nevis at number 4. Rising to 1,345 metres, it is the highest mountain in the UK, and offers plenty of trails (known as the ‘Witch’s Trails’) for cyclists of all abilities.
At number 5 is the New Forest National Park, located between Bournemouth and Southampton and providing a top destination for cyclists in the south of England. Scottish cliff Kilt Rock, with its stunning views and waterfall, is number 6, and distant Loch Ness completes the top 7.