The South-East’s Best Places To Go Mountain Biking
If you’ve never been mountain biking you are seriously missing out. It’s one of the best ways to take in scenic views whilst enjoying an adrenalin rush. Even if you’ve never mountain biked before, it can be a lot simpler than you think to get started. Take a look at this handy beginners’ guide to mountain biking for some hints and tips from the experts. You can find out how to choose a bike, what trails are suitable for what skill levels, plus also there’s some great suggestions of places to go mountain biking around the UK.
I’ve pulled together my top places of where to go mountain biking in the south-east.
One of my top recommendations is Bedgebury Pinetum, located near Goudhurst in Kent. I’ve covered this in quite some depth in a previous post. Not only is there a 10km family track, there’s also a 13km single track which is a bit more challenging. Bedgebury is a great day out for mountain bike riders, no matter what their ability.
Leith Hill in Surrey is popular with the more experienced mountain bike riders. There’s a 9km hillside trail, which not only challenges the rider but will give you that desired adrenaline rush. There are a number of other trails, so it’s worth more than one visit. The views will wow you.
Bewl Water in Lamberhurst, Kent is the south-east’s largest lake. There are an absolute plethora of things to do here, but the 13-mile cycling track is one of the highlights. Part of the route is on the road, so be aware this may not be one for the youngsters still mastering the bike. Those who are a little more confident will enjoy the challenge and the scenery.
Forest Way Country Park
The route at Forest Way Country Park passes through a number of destination on its 10-mile route, including Groombridge. It’s a gentle ride and so suitable for beginners, younger family members or those who are building up their fitness. The route runs on quieter roads, which makes it ideal for those starting out and building up their confidence on a bike.
The Cuckoo Trail
The final route in this round up is the Cuckoo Trail. This is a great all skill-level route connecting Heathfield and Eastbourne, through a number of lovely villages. The route combines a mixture of on and off-road track, but there’s plenty of places to stop off for a cool drink or a bite to eat on the way. The Cuckoo Trail is approximately 11-miles long.
If you are looking to get started in mountain biking, I’d suggest having a look at the range of bikes available at Halfords. They’ve got lots of expert advice and can help you choose a bike to suit you.
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