Britain is a great place to swap four wheels for two. From short spins across rolling fields to epic circuits of the Isle of Skye and the Peak District, these are some of the country's most scenic mountain bike paths, as recommended by cyclists.
A British bike company recently asked cyclists of all abilities to submit photos of their favourite mountain bike routes in the UK, stretching from the Inner Hebrides to Ipswich and everywhere in between.
“We’ve received an overwhelming response from cyclists of all levels when we asked the public to submit their most picturesque mountain bike destinations, said David Greenwood, senior brand Manager at Evans Cycles. "So we hope our guide to the beautiful mountain biking routes up-and-down the country inspires more people to get on their bikes and try somewhere new, especially if it’s on their doorstep.”
From hidden gems to famous trails here are 10 of the most picturesque routes from up and down the country, as nominated by the British cycling public:
Perfect for sunsets: Beautiful scenery and occasional low cloud help to create an unbelievable end to the day. Submitted by Wykeham Bosworth.
Perfect for winter - Although difficult to access, the winter wonderland views are truly breathtaking. Submitted by Dan Peden.
Perfect for views - One of the best locations for waterside riding, passing through beautiful woodland and countryside. Submitted by Kamaldeep Ghataurhae.
Perfect for downhill trails - For the mountain biking enthusiasts, this place is an absolute must. Submitted by Abbie Orrell.
Blaen Bran Reservoir, Cwmbran, Wales
Perfect for morning rides - Arrive early to the peak and witness the beauty of this reservoir. Submitted by Stewart Beagen.
Perfect for stunning scenery - The UK’s fourth highest mountain offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District. Submitted by Thomas Ruff.
Perfect for wildlife - A haven for bird watchers, you’re bound to spot some impressive creatures whilst on your cycle through the hills. Submitted by Allan Koura.
Perfect for challenging rides - Great for experienced riders who want to tackle a challenge whilst taking in these breathtaking views. Submitted by Richard Molloy.
Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Perfect for family adventure - Full of activities and adventures for younger visitors, with plenty of mountain bike trails for all to enjoy. Submitted by Saul Graydon.
Perfect for obstacles - The narrow ridges and walkways make for a difficult ride, but the spectacular views are worth it. Submitted by Kate Hall.