Barney planned a mountain bike ride.
May 23, 2022
Let's not beat about the bush, the West Highland way is a big ol' challenge. Its 95-odd miles are usually treated as a walk over several days, but they work marvellously well as a magnificent bike ride (you can take a bike on all the trails, after all).
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The final leg of the West Highland Way starts off with a doozy; the Devil's Staircase as a challenging (to say the least) climb, and a descent that will entirely possibly put steam in your shorts.
The fun doesn't let up there, though. After another stiff (but eminently doable) climb from Kinochleven… read more
The third section of the West Highland way is relatively straightforward compared to the some of the previous sections.
Although the trail runs close to the railway at the start, it soon becomes more remote and expansive. Plenty of wide doubletrack, singletrack which for the most part lacks the technicality… read more
The second leg of West Highland Way runs from Rowardennan and finishes up in Tyndrum.
From Rowardennan, the lower trail can get frustrating for bikers. Sure, there's a lot that can be ridden, but for a while at least, there will likely be some pushing and a fair bit of muttering before the trail settles… read more
The first leg of the West Highland Way is everything that the rest of the route is, in microcosm. Urban, flat, immensely steep, exposed, beautiful, open and enclosed in parts. It's just wonderful.
The route starts gently, with a spin out from the centre of Milngavie (pronounce it 'mul-Guy' if you don… read more
May 20, 2022
There's nothing too technically demanding on this ride, although you'll feel as if you've paid for the wonderful views with some stiff climbing. But this is mostly on tarmac, so it's a relatively easy spin. Most of the work on this ride comes in the second half of the ride.
The first half, then, is pretty… read more
Here's a route which won't take all that long (it's not too far) but packs a punch in terms of climbing for all that distance!
The rewards are worth it, though - the area is steeped in industrial history if you keep your eyes peeled, and there are plenty of descents to match all those climbs.
A long, easy… read more
This is a great intermediate ride; not too long, not too short; not too technical, not too simple. Just right, in fact.
Although it manages to pack quite a bit of climbing into its relatively short distance, the route's rewards are chiefly the fantastic environment and the luscious views; lung-busting… read more
This ride is so called because of the shape of the elevation profile; it's a hefty beast and no mistake. There's plenty of steep climbing, some scrabbly surfaces and quite a few false summits - and once you're half way round you know that you've got a very similar riding profile to come!
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This is a great little ride if you fancy a gentle spin which nevertheless gives a great taste of the riding available in the Dales. There are climbs and descents, to be sure, but as it's a figure of eight it's very easy to cut short if you need to, and there are some excellent pubs along the way for… read more