Give your bike a chance to dance, on natural trails so flowy you’ll think they’re man-made

Lairig Ghru, Cairngorms

29km (18 miles)

Lairg Ghru flow trail

From Inverdruie (Landranger36/SH901109), take tracks S to skip around the N of Loch Mor and on to Loch an Eileen. Loop clockwise around this and Loch Gamhnan and continue due E to cross Cairngorm Club footbridge.

Ignore the first R — you’re coming back that way — but take the second to climb to Rothiemurchus Lodge. Continue to the Lairig Ghru path and take a sharp R to lap up some of the best flowing singletrack anywhere. Go back for another lap, or head back to the bridge and track N to Coylumbridge.

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Crug Mawr, Black Mountains

30km (19 miles)

Crug Mawr flow trail

From Crickhowell (Landranger 161/SO219183), head SE towards Llangenny then S to Cwrt y Gollen. Climb NE above Llangenny and when the road ends, keep SA to Dyffryn. Now follow the lane E then N through Partrishow and fork L onto the BW.

Follow this, eventually zig-zagging upwards on tracks that end up pointing you S towards the SW corner of the forest. Exit and pick up the super-flowy, sandy singletrack descent that runs S then SW along Blaen yr Henbant. Flick R then L at the gate at the bottom, to take permissive singletrack down to the road.

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Bolt’s Law, Northumberland

26km (16 miles)

Bolt's law flow trail

From Blanchland (Landranger 87/NY964504), head N into Slaley Forest, then NW and NE, with plenty of flow, back to Baybridge. Head SW on the road to Hunstanworth and Townfield and then clamber up Cuthbert’s Hill to the top. A BW to the L here takes you to Bolt’s Law and the climbing is over. Enjoy the superb, flowy singletrack down to the road, the N and NE again to continue.

If you’ve the energy, continue E to Edmundbyers and return via the road. Or for a shorter version, head N to finish.

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Rosedale Abbey, North York Moors

30km (19 miles)

Roseblade abbey flow trail

An awesome and unlikely loop with two good flow sections, plus plenty of other goodness.

From the village (Landranger 100/SE725959), take the lane that heads NW to Hill Cottages then take the old railway line for some super-flowy fun around the head of the dale before heading S to the road at Bank Top. Head SA to Ana Cross, S to Lastingham then E and N to High Askew. Now climb onboard for some more fast and flowing action as you head N back to Rosedale Abbey.

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Cut Gate, Peak District

31km (20 miles) 

Cut gate flow trail

Cut Gate needs little introduction — it’s a renowned classic. Start at Fairholmes (Landranger 110/SK172893) and head N — tarmac on the W and dirt on the E.

At Slippery Stones bridge, take Cut Gate NE over the summit (scoping the trail so you can nail it on the return) and down Mickleden Edge. Break R towards Langsett Reservoir, then L and L to return to Mickleden. Now straddle the summit again and savour the descent — especially the drop into Cranberry Clough.

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