One of the type of rides we do are our Scenic Rides, mainly led by Adrian Rogers. These rides are cross country rides designed to take in some great views and scenery along the route. These are short to medium distance rides, with some climbing involved, but nothing technically challenging. You will need a bit of fitness to get round, so not suitable for someone brand new to mountain biking, but if you’ve been out a few times you should be fine. They are similar to our Tuesday night short rides if you’ve been on one of those.
All scenic rides get their own tag here on the website and there own calendar, which you can see below.
The Peak District is simple awesome for mountain biking – stunning scenery and brilliant riding. I’ve done lots of riding up there and am putting together some of the best in one long weekend. We will be based in the Hope Valley, which has a great selection of campsites, B&B accommodation, cafes and bike shops. Personally I’ll be camping and will make a recommendation for a campsite after sampling a few, but there are plenty of great B&Bs for anyone that doesn’t like camping. For the riding, we have 3 days: A scenic starter, along the Monsal Trail. Starting at Bakewell Station up to Blackwell Mill and back. This is a former railway line that has been converted into a bridleway, using all the old features, including a number of viaducts and 4 tunnels through the Peaks. This gives us the chance to soak in the gorgeous scenery along the route, as well as a stop to enjoy them with a drink. Day 2 is an epic XC ride starting in Hope and heading over Mam Tor out towards Derwent Water and back. The views on this route are even more stunning than the previous day, but the riding will be amazing too, with some epic descents – this one isn’t flat! 😉 We will be doing 25-30km with 1200-1500ft of climbing (depending on the weather), but the pace will be relaxed. The final day will be a trip to the brilliant (but short) Lady Cannings trails, which we will use to end a 10km loop of the local Blacca Moor, which is another Peaks “must do”. That should see us finish at lunchtime, on the Bank Holiday Monday. If you are planning on coming, please register either on the Facebook group event or by sending an email to email@example.com – just so we know to keep an eye out for you before setting off anywhere.
Although we go south of Swindon lots, we’ve not yet done a trip to the north, so lets change that!
Starting in the village of Miserden, just north of Cirencester, we will do a 21km lap of some fantastic scenery and riding. This is one of my scenic series of rides, so the views are driving the route, but there will be some great descents as well.
Although it’s relatively short, some of the climbs are on the steep side (but total climbing for the ride is still only around 500m), so we will be taking our time on the ups.
We will start and finish at the Carpenter’s Arms in Miserden. It’s a great pub with excellent post ride sustenance and even a sweet shop inside.
Helmets are compulsory as always and please bring enough water and food for the ride.
This route starts and finishes at the Three Trees Farm Shop and Cafe, where you can park and grab food afterwards. If the shop is closed, there is a small free car park next to it as well.
The route heads up and round the lower side of Barbury Castle, along the Ridgeway and down into Rockley Valley, before heading back via the old railway line to the Three Trees. It is a fairly gentle 24km and 250m of climbing.
Click below to see the route
Foxhill to the Uffington via Hinton Parva
This route takes in the breath taking coombes at Hinton Parva, before ascending back to the Ridgeway and out to Uffington for another stunning view. The return is via Wit Coombe. 27km and 440 metres of climbing in all.