Are you ready for some serious mountain biking action?
If you’re looking for some of the best MTB trails in the UK, the Peak District is the place to be. This stunning area is full of picturesque trails that offer challenges for all levels of riders. In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at the top five MTB trails in the Peak District.
- Ladybower Loop – This trail is a must-do for any keen mountain biker. It’s a challenging 22-mile loop that takes you through some of the Peak District’s most breathtaking scenery. You’ll start at the Ladybower Reservoir and follow a mix of singletrack and fire roads through forests, moorland and along the edges of the reservoirs. With technical sections and a few steep climbs, it’s not for the faint-hearted, but the views are well worth the effort. Check out the Ladybower Loop trail map here.
- Cut Gate – Cut Gate is a technical trail that will challenge even the most experienced riders. The 9-mile trail runs from Langsett Reservoir to the Upper Derwent Valley, and it’s full of rocky descents, steep climbs and technical features. The views from the top are stunning, but you’ll need to concentrate on the trail ahead to stay upright. It’s a tough ride, but if you’re up for the challenge, it’s definitely worth it. Check out the Cut Gate trail map here.
- Hope Valley – The Hope Valley trail is a firm favourite with local riders, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a 20-mile circular route that takes you through the picturesque Hope Valley, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The trail is a mix of singletrack, fire roads and rocky descents, with a few technical features to keep things interesting. It’s a great trail for intermediate riders, and there are plenty of places to stop for a break along the way. Check out the Hope Valley trail map here.
- Mam Tor – If you’re looking for a short but challenging ride, the Mam Tor trail is perfect. The 5-mile loop takes you up to the top of Mam Tor, with stunning views over the surrounding area. The climb up is steep, but the descent is fast and flowing, with plenty of technical features to keep things interesting. It’s a popular trail, so be prepared to share the trail with other riders and walkers. Check out the Mam Tor trail map here.
- Derwent Edge – Derwent Edge is a 10-mile trail that takes you through some of the Peak District’s most rugged terrain. The trail starts at Ladybower Reservoir and takes you up onto the moors, with stunning views over the surrounding area. The trail is a mix of rocky descents, technical sections and fast, flowing singletrack. It’s a challenging ride, but the views from the top are well worth it. Check out the Derwent Edge trail map here.
So, there you have it, our top five MTB trails in the Peak District. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, there’s something for everyone here. Just remember to ride responsibly, and respect other trail users. And most importantly, have fun!
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