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Ride Guides

Ride Guide – Hamsterley Forest

Hamsterley Forest has been one of my favourite places in the north to ride lately. Around an hour and a half north of Leeds, the 2000 hectare forest is situated just at the edge of North Pennines National Park in County Durham. The first time I visited Hamsterley Forest, it was on my birthday last […]

Ride Guide – Gisburn Forest

Gisburn forest is one of those trail centres that is close enough for me to justify a visit every at least once a month. Since the Hopetech Women’s ride at the beginning of summer I have visited the trail few times many times and each time I’ve found something new to challenge me on “the […]

Ride Guide – Bike Park Wales

  Some time ago, Mr Betty decided that it was time to introduce me to Bike Park Wales (BPW) and booked us entry and uplift tickets for the last weekend of August. This unusual generosity led me to conclude that he must be feeling guilty about the secret family he thinks I don’t know about. […]

Ride Guide – Dalby Forest

Tucked away in the east riding of Yorkshire around 45 minutes from the city of York is Dalby Forest, or The Yorkshire Forest as it is marketed to the public. There are a wide range of activities for other non-mountain biking humans so you’re going to have to share the car park with the ‘footwalkers’. […]

Ride Guide – Stainburn Forest

I thought it was about time that I blew the lid on a relatively well kept riding secret, Stainburn Forest in Yorkshire. The series of short but technically demanding trails between Harrogate and Leeds have been ‘my local’ for the best part of five years now and they are responsible for any (small) improvements in […]

Ride Guide – Coed Llandegla

It is a well known fact that the mountain biking trails in Wales are far superior to those across the border back in England. So whilst Cranky Betty was recently enjoying an excellent womens only skills course with the wonderful One Planet Llandegla [soon to be published] I thought I would take the time to […]

Ride Guide – Lady Cannings

The first day of the Easter weekend was so lovely and sunny that staying at home would have been a huge mistake (also I was hoping to escape house spring cleaning duties!). Both my partner (aka Mr Betty) and I decided to visit Lady Cannings Bike Trail in Sheffield for the second time. The Lady […]

Ride Guide – Swinley Forest

  It’s not often that Cranky Betty and I get out of Northern England, so when we realised that we were going to be spending a weekend with friends in West London we decided it would be best to punctuate an otherwise relaxing weekend with a t  rip to the ‘world renowned’ Swinley Forest in […]