Mountain bike routes for all types of rider. Looking for where to ride mountain bikes? Well, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find your ideal mountain bike trails on this page.

We’ve got free GPS mtb route files to download from across the UK and beyond, featuring some of the best mountain bike trails around.

We’re known for our love of singletrack here at mbr. Our famous 20 best mountain bike trails in the UK feature is a classic collection of must-do rides. That’s a great place to start your list of the best mtb routes to do.

If you’re looking for information about trail centres then head over to our in-depth Trail Centre Guides.

Free downloads of our mountain bike routes

How many routes do we have available for free download? There are 60 free route downloads listed at the moment and we’ll be adding more all the time.

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Scotland routes

Scotland is literally littered with big mountain riding; being one of the few places in the UK where you can get descents which last longer than a couple of minutes. Head up to the Highlands in the summer for the best of big mountain feels and a truly out there experience. Just be mindful for the climb and the ever changing weather.

  1. Ben Lomond, 6km
  2. Ballater, 21km
  3. North Third, Stirlingshire, 13km
  4. Achnashellach, Torridon, 23km
  5. Lairig Ghru, Cairngorms, 11km
  6. Glentress and Innerleithen off-piste, 28km
  7. Dumgoyne, West Highland Way, 27km
  8. Arran, 46km
  9. Edinburgh, 33km
  10. Bealach na Lice to Annat, Torridon, 13km
  11. Kinlochleven, 17km
  12. Stop Ban, 5km
  13. Isle of Skye, 18km
  14. West Highland Way and Fort William, 55km

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Wales routes

Don’t just head to Wales for the trail centres. As great and convenient as they are, trail centres are only part of what makes riding in Wales so great. There’s Snowdonia in the North – complete with the mighty Snowdon and it’s majestic mountain bridleways. Then there’s the hidden gems of Welsh heartland. Places like the Doethie Valley where the quality of the singletrack and the tranquillity of the beautiful and intimate valley are unrivalled.

  1. Doethie Valley, 23km
  2. Snowdon, Rhyd Ddu, 22km
  3. Snowdon, Ranger Path, 20km
  4. Cwmcarn to Afan, 144km
  5. Gower Peninsula, 37km
  6. Elan Valley, 29km
  7. The Long Gap, Brecon Beacons, 35km
  8. Cilcain, Clwydian Hills, 11km

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Northern England routes

It’s not all grim ‘oop north. We’re here to tell you that the North is one of the finest destinations for riding in the whole of the UK and here’s our pick of the best Northern mountain bike routes. The Lake District needs no introduction but let’s not forget about the beautiful Yorkshire Dales or the remote North Pennines or the gritty Peak District or the steep valley sides of the Pennines. You get the idea. Loads of riding.

  1. Clapham, Yorkshire Dales, 21km
  2. Calderdale, West Yorkshire, 32km
  3. Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire, 23km
  4. Howgill Fells, Cumbria, 40km
  5. Cut Gate, Peak District, 19km
  6. Nan Bield, Lake District, 16km
  7. Gunnerside Gill, Yorkshire Dales, 15km
  8. Ullswater, Lake District, 13km
  9. Sheffield, Yorkshire, 31km
  10. Warnscale Pass, Lake District, 13km
  11. Leeds, Yorkshire, 30km
  12. Ramsbottom, Lancashire, 34km
  13. Doctors Gate and Gut Gate, Peak District, 57km
  14. Ladybower, Peak District, 30km
  15. Ambleside Winter, Lake District, 29km
  16. Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales, 38km
  17. Hayfield, Peak District, 30km
  18. Rosedale Abbey, North Yorks Moors, 35km
  19. Great Hograh Moor, North York Moors, 9km
  20. Chop Gate, North York Moors, 14km
  21. Killer Loop, Yorkshire Dales, 18km
  22. Wasdale, Lake District, 25km
  23. White Peak, Peak District, 48km
  24. Edale, Peak District, 22km
  25. East to West, North York Moors, 100km
  26. Garburn Pass, Lake District, 23km
  27. Sticks Pass/Helvellyn, Lake District, 20km
  28. Goyt Valley, Peak District, 25km
  29. Back o’ Skiddaw, Lake District, 17km
  30. Dark Peak Epic, Peak District, 71km

Long Mynd, Shropshire GPS route download

Midlands routes

This oft-neglected part of the UK is secretly home to arguably the best collection of prime singletrack in the whole of England. There’s woodland singletrack, there’s moorland singletrack, there’s semi-urban singletrack. There’s basically all types of singletrack on offer within an hour of Birmingham.

  1. Long Mynd, Shropshire, 32km
  2. Cannock Chase off-piste, Staffordshire, 34km
  3. Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, 15km

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South West England routes

Check out our Exmoor, Quantock Hills, Bristol, Cheddar, Plymouth route downloads.

  1. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, 23km
  2. Porlock, Exmoor, 37km
  3. Plymouth, Devon, 37km
  4. Dartmoor, Somerset, 40km
  5. Bristol, Somerset, 23km
  6. Quantock Hills, Somerset, 27km
  7. Lynmouth, Exmoor, 24km

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South East England routes

Check out our Surrey Hills, Brighton, Epping Forest, South Downs route downloads.

  1. The Best Bits, South Downs, 29km
  2. Peaslake, Surrey Hills, 30km
  3. Aston Hill, Chilterns, 31km
  4. Dorking, Surrey Hills, 41km
  5. Brighton, South Downs, 29km or 58km
  6. Epping Forest, London, 25km
  7. Dorking to Brighton, South Downs, 78km

Check out our Surrey Hills, Brighton, Epping Forest, South Downs route downloads.

Now just get out and ride!

If you want to find a route by the type of riding on offer (rather than the region) then scroll down this page and have a browse of our themed route collections. This is also where you’ll find all of our Trail Centre Guides.

A relatively short Berwyns route contains some superb riding with three good technical descents on rocky terrain that allows it to be ridden in all…

The Dentures route circuit has plenty of high-speed action, though the drop from Glatting to Haughton is perhaps our favourite. Okay, definitely!

This Grim’s Ditch route is probably no secret to the riders living in this part of the world, but it almost certainly will be to…

This Tarr Steps route contains a medieval stone North Shore section, with the story going that the Devil himself has sunbathing rights on the slabs.

This Cadair Idris route is a great mountain-top outing which for the majority of the ascent/descent isn’t too technical but does require some proper effort.…

This one’s ‘out there’ even by Scottish standards, with this North Harris route making up some of the most westerly ground in Britain.

Andy McKenna of Go-Where reaches parts of Scotland other guides can’t reach. We asked him for his favourite ride and he came up with this…

Antur Stiniog blurs the lines between downhill and trail riding. Wales’s newest bike park boasts the promise of 25 uplifts a day on six different…

This Crug Mawr route is all about the super-flowy, sandy, singletrack descent. Proof that you don’t need to go far over the Welsh border for…

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…

Skye is one of the best places to ride in the UK, so get up to Scotland and sample our route from the June issue.

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Dunoon has gone from zero to hero in just six months and it’s all down to the motivation of one man. We hopped on a…

With barely any climbing and just 11km long, this Clwydian Hills route looks a pushover. But the reality is a bite-size chunk of genuinely great…

lynmouth route

Slippery singletrack, rocky horror shows, huge sea views and some delightful wooded combes; this Lynmouth route has the lot.