There's nothing wrong with getting right out there and experiencing some wilderness. Here are Britain's best remote trails.
Even on our tiny, often overcrowded island, there are still places you can grab a bit of solitude as well as a view. These are our favourite bolt holes.
Big mountain adventures with a small 'a' - less hike-a-bike, more trail to like. Five routes that put the mountain into mountain biking - the easy way.
One way ticket to ride. Throw off the shackles of a circular route and head out on a point-to-point adventure.
Pearl Izumi MTB WRX is a 300g jacket with a fixed hood that would be as useful as an all-day jacket as it would a lightweight, packable waterproof.
The Pace 3x3 jacket is a simple garment cut from a super soft feeling eVent fabric – definitely one of the best fabrics out there.
The Madison Zenith jacket blurs the line between a lightweight packable and an all-day waterproof and it does it well and at a good price.
The Endura MTR shell is a superb lightweight, packable jacket that definitely bridges the gap between packable and all-day waterproofs.
The Scott Trail MTN Dryo 20 is light enough and packable enough to be an only jacket for mtbers that ride a wide range of conditions.
The Madison Roam is on the heavy side of things and as such the best for colder weather where the mesh-lined 2-layer fabric really comes into its own.
The Endura MT500 II jacket offers protection in really foul weather, with a great hood, plenty of ventilation and loads of stretch in the fabric.
Well, almost un-climables, anyway: techie tough and downright brutal uphills to test your mettle.
Like an unsigned band, or the quickest guy in your club that never quite made it pro, here’s five trails that have never achieved the status they deserve.
Pack the car or van and cross what’s left of Offa’s Dyke for an unforgettable 7-day north-south exploration of the land of dragons.
The best way to get away from the Bank Holiday hordes is on your bike, so pack for the mountains and tackle something big and remote.
AKA trail centre alternatives. Ridden the trail centre a few times now? Here’s five great loops near trail centres that don’t have waymark arrows.
Cracking singletrack and out-there adventure riding. Yorkshire mountain bike routes in The Dales, the South Pennines, the Peak District and West Yorkshire.
Here are some examples of what trail advocacy has achieved. And here are a number of things that you can do to help out too.
Stake Pass is brutal, intimidating, and downright hard, Stake Pass is also rewarding, fun to ride (when you’re not pushing) and achingly beautiful.
Ben Damph's 24km doesn’t sound much, but this is a tough route, with a big climb and a big descent. The days are really short here in winter.