Riding The Dragon’s Tail – Cannop Ponds MTB Trails

The Verderer Trail - Cannop Ponds, Forest of Dean

A have just come back from a very enjoyable break down in The Royal Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire just near the Welsh borders. I had taken my mountain bike with me on the trip in the hope that while there I might get a chance to charge around some of the new mountain bike trails that have recently been created in the dense woodlands around the Cannop Ponds area by The Forestry Commission and various local MTB Trail volunteer groups.

I’d been itching to have a crack at The Verderer Trail for a while now, it being trumpeted as the best new trail in England, and rumoured to have the most thrilling of downhill sections anywhere in the UK. Continue reading


By Ferry & Bike across the Kilbrannan Sound!

Route Map

After several long days of hiking on Arran it was high time to try something a bit different! We still wanted a bit of adventure and so decided to hire a couple of Mountain Bikes from the conveniently placed ‘The Sandwich Station’ next to the small pier where the ferry across to Claonaig docked. Continue reading

IS THIS TRAIL FOR YOU – Day 7 (Northern Lakes)

The Route: Altura & Quecha | Distance: 19km | Time: 2.5 hours
Start: Whinlatter Forest Lodge | Map: OL4 | Date: 26/06/2010

IS THIS TRAIL FOR YOU..? The sign begged the question, and I was only too eager to give an answer!

I rolled up at the Whinlatter Mountain Bike Lodge so early that it was not even open I was that eager. I steamed up the window of the door as I pressed my eager face against the cold pane. I was also the first to hire a ‘Cube Acid’ MTB with hydraulic disc brakes and a multitude of gears. I was so eager it was embarrassing! Continue reading