Whether you are looking for new places to ride in your locale or you want to explore further afield, this compilation of route guides is a great starting point.
We would be the first to admit that this list omits thousands of amazing places to ride in Britain. That’s were you come in. If you have a favourite route, we would love you to share it with us, perhaps via Strava or Map My Ride. We will then post your route here for others to enjoy.
Rides Near Our Shops
Cycle Routes around Aberdeen
Mountain Biking – Kirkhill Forest, Pitfichie, Glen Tanar, Scoltie Hill at Banchory.
Road – Out the South Deeside road to Aboyne and back via the North Deeside road.
Leisure – Cove Bay & Stonehaven (on the NCN 1) where you won’t be far for scenes like this…
Aberdeen Beach Loop: taking your from the city centre out to Balmedie and back again.
And don’t forget, the Cairngorms National Park is right on the doorstep of Aberdeen!
For more routes in and around Aberdeen, go to Cycle Grampian.
Cycle Routes around Edinburgh
7stanes Mountain Bike Trails
The 7stanes are the seven mountain biking trail centres (Glentress and Innerleithen, Glentrool, Kirroughtree, Dalbeattie, Mabie, Newcastleton and Ae) that grace the south of Scotland. Each trail centre features graded routes so you should have no trouble finding a stretch of singletrack that suits your technical ability.
Each section is colour coded: green for beginners, blue for intermediate, red for advanced, black for harder climbs and more technical descents and orange for freeride and downhill. The idea here is that, on the one hand, you could take young children for a lovely car-free ride on forest tracks on a green route. On the other hand, even a skilled mountain biker will find plenty to challenge him or her on the red, black or orange routes.
To find out how to get to each trail centre, check out riding conditions in advance and to keep abreast with the ever-developing routes on offer, visit 7stanes own website.
Loop around Arthur’s Seat.
Aberfoyle to Loch Katrine.
The Union Canal Towpath, the Innocent Railway and Cramond Promenade are among the “QuietRoutes” featured by Edinburgh Council. For the complete picture, you can do no better than invest in Spokes Maps of Edinburgh and the Lothians.
To find out about organised rides in the city visit Cycling Edinburgh.
Cycle Routes around Leeds
Stainburn Forest for dedicated mountain bike trails is just beyond Otley about 15 miles from our Chapel Allerton shop.
Harewood Estate or Meanwood Valley are pleasant local routes, but ride with care to avoid conflict with the many families, dog walkers etc who also enjoy this area. Perhaps best avoided at weekends. For more ideas, head to MTB Leeds.
Most folk round here head north out of Leeds into the Aire valley. Among the quiet lanes on the far side of the Aire, included in all the audaxes and sportives in the area are Leathley Lane and Castley Lane (to Leathley and Castley respectively). Left and right here on Google.
Bolton Abbey via Langbar. Really popular local ride, beautiful scenery, train out or home from Ilkley Skipton for those with tired legs. Google maps / streetview for a taste.
Cyclists are most welcome on the bridleways which cross the Estate. We hope you join us for a bike ride this weekend. Photo taken by @aaoride . . . #boltonabbey #autumn #yorkshiredales #cycle #fitness #health #cycling #instacycle #bikeride #nature #scenicviewsaddict #blueskies #abovetheclouds #thisprettyengland #boltonabbey #yorkshireilove #yorkshire #greenfields #viewsofyorkshire #yorkshirelife #welcometoyorkshire
The council-approved family-friendly Wyke Beck Way takes you from Roundhay to Temple Newsam, almost all off road.
Leeds/Liverpool Canal, especially Bingley Five Rise Locks and Saltaire. This fantastic traffic-free ride Sustrans route, is hugely popular with families.
Thanks to everyone who took part in our #WaterwaysWednesday quiz this week! This is Bingley Five Rise Locks on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. They are the steepest staircase locks on the longest canal in the country! Discover more here https://t.co/hhG6GyJgoY pic.twitter.com/95RzM63y6z
— Canal & River Trust (@CanalRiverTrust) May 10, 2018
Cycle Routes around Newcastle
Mountain Bike – Hamsterley Forest, Chopwell Woods, Kielder Forest, C2C.
An amazing photo taken by local mountain bike rider Lee Philips. This image was taken on Tuesday evening in Hamsterley Forest. Thanks Lee who has given his blessing we share this iconic image.
Road – The Ryals, Bellingham, Rothbury, Stamfordham, Capheaton, Belsay, Vomit Pass.
Head to Northumberland National Park and you won’t be short of places to cycle.
Cyclists enjoying the sun in the Coquet Valley yesterday snapped by our volunteer Paul. pic.twitter.com/ERZLWemTr3
— N'land National Park (@NlandNP) May 28, 2018
Cycle Northumberland is a great resource if you’re looking for some new cycle routes in the area.
We have a larger collection of Route Guides & Maps to buy here, covering the whole of the UK.
Want to track where and how far you’ve cycled? Take a look at our GPS, Computers and Cameras.
Make sure to pack some refreshments before you head off on your bike.