Where to live for best cross country MTB

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Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby hammoire » Thu Oct 04, 2012 02:43 am

Hi

I will be moving back to the UK in August after 2 years of living in Nepal. Nepal is amazing for riding cross country, downhill etc. Luckily my job pretty much allows me live anywhere in the UK.

Where in the UK should I move if I want trails on my doorstep. I like long cross country rides & don't mind a little technical stuff. I was thinking the lake district any other suggestions?

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby Mainsy » Thu Oct 04, 2012 06:54 am

We're pretty spoilt up here in the scottish borders.


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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby getprg » Thu Oct 04, 2012 07:36 am

Swaledale

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby Northwind » Thu Oct 04, 2012 09:03 am

Not going to say Scotland has the best riding, but we do have the best access laws. Whether or not legality bothers you is up to you though!

But... Scotland is big. There's amazing riding in the far north and the islands, I never do it though because it takes longer to get there than it does to get to London. Personally I reckon the central belt is well sorted- we've got cities, proper roads, and so as well as good riding locally we can get to other places pretty easily. But the same's true of lots of places.

TBH I reckon it's easier to avoid bad places than it is to select best places.
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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby Cat With No Tail » Thu Oct 04, 2012 09:31 am

Isle of Man

LOADS of XC over here, and you can benefit from the low income tax and excellent standad of living :)

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby andy_welch » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:00 am

Another vote for Scotland. It's not just a matter of what trails there are, it's a matter of what trails you can ride and up here you can ride your bike pretty much anywhere that isn't somebody's garden. Plus there are miles and miles of wild areas to explore, much of which has trails built through it (for the hunting and shooting set). Scenery is more dramatic on the West side, but if you live/ride on the East side you can avoid the dreaded midge (and pop over to the West at the appropriate times of year).

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby supersonic » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:21 am

Most people are going to say where they live ;-). So will I... Sheffield. We have Wharncliffe on the doorstep, described by Peaty as some of the best trails in the world. Then all the Peaks.

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby The Rookie » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:31 am

Just to be clear, using footpaths is NOT against the law, it may be a trespass and the landowner 'could' sue for damages, but that is all.

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby ilovedirt » Thu Oct 04, 2012 13:50 pm

Anywhere that isn't the midlands/east anglia really.
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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby Tom Barton » Thu Oct 04, 2012 16:46 pm

Despite living in Wales I'd probably say that scotland will put you closer to more riding. However, you should consider that the past few years that scotland has born the brunt of some very harsh winter weather (wales tends to just be wet and cold at worst with perhaps the odd week of snow) - but I daresay if you've spent time in the high parts of nepal then the cold is unlikely to faze you :D

Lake district has epic amounts of big hills for XC riding too and is not too far from yorkshire.

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby Northwind » Thu Oct 04, 2012 17:10 pm

Further to that though- riding in snow is fab! There was too much 2 winters ago but not enough last time.
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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby chazkayak » Thu Oct 04, 2012 18:02 pm

One word for against scotland................MIDGES!!!!!

I did my Mountain Leader Training up there and was plagued by midges, to the extent it put me off completely. I would only go back there for the kayaking.

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby Northwind » Thu Oct 04, 2012 19:09 pm

You don't get them everywhere (tbh the midges in Kielder are worse than the midges in most of scotland)
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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby Chinley Churner » Thu Oct 04, 2012 20:25 pm

I'll go with SuperSonic and say the Peak District.. although I reckon over here on the Dark side the riding's better. Great technical XC all over the Peak, bang in the middle of the country and within spitting distance of Dales, North Wales and the Lakes.

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby Sleipnir's Master » Thu Oct 04, 2012 22:45 pm

Scotish borders. More trails and stunning views than you can shake a hat at and stains trails are mostly around this area as an added bonus. Man made trails are bah, i prefer old walking trails hidden ones are best. LOADS of them around here :-)

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby defride » Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:38 pm

Scotland and North Wales for bigger terrain and extended riding, lots of options though the midge is an issue for Scotland particularly West Coast. Lakes are great but there can be access issues given the National Park status and alot of the trails that look good on paper don't turn out to be very rideable. I'd add a heads up for North Downs around Dorking. Some of the best technical forest singletrack riding in the UK though you'd need someone to show you the best of it (no prob finding people to oblige). An added advantage of the south is easy access to the rest of Europe with the downside more people and higher living costs.

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby njee20 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 13:24 pm

Most people are going to say where they live ;-). So will I


Me too! South East. Plenty of variety, not much rocky stuff admittedly, but hundreds of miles of great wooded singletrack.

But yes, as said above, anywhere that isn't the Midlands is a good shout, and really it's easier to avoid crap places than it is to choose 'the best'.

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby natrix » Fri Oct 05, 2012 14:29 pm

njee20 wrote:South East. Plenty of variety, not much rocky stuff admittedly, but hundreds of miles of great wooded singletrack.

I'd second that, lots of XC racing and events as well (Gorrick, etc)

Think about the weather, (I found the lack of daylight in winter really depressing when I worked in Scotland), the cost of living, social life and bike clubs as well.

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Re: Where to live for best cross country MTB

Postby RockmonkeySC » Fri Oct 05, 2012 14:31 pm

Too many midges in Scotland and it's too cold. Northern England is full of northerners, the midlands are depressing Wales has constant rain, the east & south east are too flat.
That just leaves the south west. Constant sunshine, great riding (Quantocks is as good as xc gets) and the best cider and music festivals in the world.


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