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On Britain's green tracks

Laurence McJannet

On Britain's green tracks

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

8

Tours

21:49 h

106 mi

17,525 ft

Whether it’s a gradual climb from the valley floor to high moorland or a grueling ascent of the toughest peak, there is something truly inspiring about traversing wild passes by mountain bike. For some riders, it’s the challenge of the climbs, for others it’s the sense of achievement on reaching the summit. Whatever your reason for pushing ever upward, however, one thing is always the same at the top: The excitement of the final descent.

Mountain passes encapsulate all we love about off-road riding. From the wild plains of Exmoor and Dartmoor to the technical terrain of Mount Snowdon and the Lake District, this selection of eight passes over hills and mountains across the UK should test your mettle and inspire you in equal measure.

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  • Difficult
    03:32
    14.8 mi
    4.2 mph
    4,350 ft
    4,350 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The bike trails that lead up to Snowdon's summit are so good, it's almost a shame that you can only ride on one. For this Tour, however, we selected the Ranger Path as the trail that’ll get you to the top. A fairly smooth

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    12.9 mi
    6.3 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This Tour reveals to you the Quantock Hills at their finest. You’ll start among the wooded glades of Holford car park before climbing one of the many combes that drop down off the Quantocks ridge. From there, you’ll ride

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  • Intermediate
    01:53
    12.6 mi
    6.7 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This route starts from a car park on the NCN277 cycle route.It's not long before you leave the tarmac behind and are climbing south along the Two Moors Way, however, a coast-to-coast route that connects Dartmoor and Exmoor

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  • Intermediate
    02:17
    14.0 mi
    6.1 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Leaving Grinton by road on a waymark, this route soon drops down to the banks of the River Swale before beginning the slow, steady climb to Harkerside Moor. It can be heavy going amid the mossy undergrowth, but the trail

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  • Difficult
    03:17
    9.68 mi
    3.0 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    There's little time to warm up on this ride over peaks as you'll be climbing almost as soon as you leave Edale station. Heading north, it's a technical climb some 1,000 feet (300 meters) to Grindslow Knoll before you

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  • Difficult
    03:28
    16.9 mi
    4.9 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,350 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    A relaxing ride along the banks of Ennerdale Water does little to prepare you for what's to come. Following the River Liza, which feeds into the lake, it's a blissful ride through deciduous woodland. Once you reach the

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  • Difficult
    02:36
    13.7 mi
    5.3 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This route out of North Bovey on Dartmoor has the best of both worlds: It starts along the wooded banks of the river Bovey, taking in the wonderful singletrack around Lustleigh Cleave before striking out onto wild-feeling

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  • Intermediate
    02:44
    11.8 mi
    4.3 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,100 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    From Great Malvern station, you can be at the highest point in Herefordshire or Worcestershire in just a few miles. To get you there, there are around 9 miles (15 kilometers) of ridge line to explore and dozens of paths

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    106 mi
  • Duration
    21:49 h
  • Elevation
    17,525 ft

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