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Coastal mountain biking in the South of England and Wales

Coastal mountain biking in the South of England and Wales

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

6

Tours

20:16 h

148 mi

13,375 ft

On such a small island like Great Britain, you are never far from the sea, and coastal rides can often be the most memorable of journeys. These Tours are some of the best in the South of England and Wales. They have something for everyone: You can roll through sand dunes in the Gower or skirt atop high cliff tops in the Purbecks. You can ride through fabulous forests and forgotten railway paths near Sidmouth or conquer riverside trails and swift descents from the South Downs in Arundel. You can explore wild, remote Exmoor trails leading to Lynton or ride to the highest point on the south coast around the Golden Cap. Or you can choose to go on a spirited sojourn through the ‘Garden of England' from Faversham. One thing they all share, however, are glorious views, great trails and invigorating sea air.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Coastal MTB Tour - the Purbecks

    Intermediate
    02:09
    15.7 mi
    7.3 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Beginning at a pub and campsite just north of Swanage, this ride takes in some of the best scenery the Purbecks has to offer. Without giving you a chance to warm up, it heads straight up Ballard Down for Handfast Point

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    28.2 mi
    7.7 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This coastal ride has a bit of everything: Starting from the campsite near Llangennith, there are three paths to choose from across Rhossili Down — one across each of the hill's faces and a testing one over the top. Mixing

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  • Difficult
    04:14
    29.3 mi
    6.9 mph
    3,325 ft
    3,325 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This is a wild and testing ride over some of Exmoor's most remote moorland. Navigation can be difficult at times, with the trail almost invisible in places, so you'll need your wits about you as you ride north toward

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    22.2 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,150 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The vast majority of this loop onto the South Downs is off-road, with only very occasional stretches of tarmac along the way. Starting out at what is essentially sea level, you’ll climb up onto the chalky South Downs

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  • Difficult
    02:08
    13.4 mi
    6.3 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,750 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 is a short but glorious little loop, which starts from a National Trust car park. From the get-go, you’ll get stuck straight into climbs around Golden Cap and Thorncombe Beacon. For around half of the ride, you’ll

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  • Intermediate
    04:46
    39.3 mi
    8.2 mph
    2,675 ft
    2,675 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This is a long, languid and surprisingly lumpy Tour, given that Kent has such a reputation for being flat! It mixes quiet country roads, muddy bridle paths and some great technical forest riding. It's a perfect two-day

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    148 mi
  • Duration
    20:16 h
  • Elevation
    13,375 ft

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