Taking a bike away from the cities and in to the scenic hills and mountains of the UK provides not only great exercise but also a wonderful way to see the best views around. Once you have purchased all the necessary clothing, accessories and not least a bike, then the next thing to do is choose one of the many mountain trails open to cyclists in the UK. Trails exist all the way up in the north of Scotland right down through the north of England, Wales and into the most southerly counties of Britain. What’s more is the whole family can take part in mountain biking, with routes of varying degrees of difficulty and length.
The north of Scotland offers some stunning scenery and a great way to see this is by taking a bike up into the Trossachs and the 24 mile Glen Ample route. It is a mostly remote trail but features a wild valley, rugged mountains and wonderful lochs. As with any mountain bike trail it is a good idea to carry a camera in order to capture the wonderful views during different times of the year.
Routes can be relatively easy, moderate, hard or incredibly hard. The incredibly hard trails are sometimes referred to as killer loops and one such route can be found in Denbighshire, North Wales. The benefit of this 30 mile trail becomes obvious though as you plough through it with great scenic villages such as Llangollen, mountain views, the Shropshire Union canal and Llandegla Forest.
A mountain biking trip for families with young children needs to be easy though and there are many options available that still offer the best of British mountains and countryside. Even where the trails are quite a long distance, there are often routes that have different exit points should riders get too tired part way through. The 12 mile Goyt Valley in the Peak District is relatively easy and has some all weather trails for year round cycling, not to mention stunning views of lakes and a wooded valley.
The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales in the North of England and Snowdonia in Wales provide some of the best views you will see anywhere. For city dwellers this provides a welcome escape as you breathe in fresh country air as opposed to the fumes of the big towns. There is even an easy cycling route in the South Downs called Watership Down, the inspiration for Richard Adams’ novel of the same name.