Tom Hutton

Tom Hutton

How to find the best place to mountain bike near London. Look a bit closer through the urban sprawl and you’ll find some little gems hidden away.

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.

lynmouth route

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

calderdale

According to Benji Haworth, West Yorkshire is the best county for mountain biking in the whole of the UK. Here's a classic Calderdale route.

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 MTBing.

Distance: 35km (22 miles). There’s something magical about climbing up into high mountains, and they don’t get much higher this Brecon Beacons route.

Behind every famous ride there's a less well known but often equally stunning alternative route to tickle your fancy. Here's four alt classics.

The Peaks may be at the geographical centre of England, but there's nothing middling about the selection of awesome singletrack that passes through the park.

Learn these, remember to think about them every time you check your position or directions, and hey presto! You’ll never get lost again.