5 Best Mountain Biking Trails Near London

While there isn’t much mountain biking to do in London itself, there are a handful of great trails just a short train ride outside the city. Check out the list below and go exploring!

1. Ennerdale Forest

This 12.48 mile ride is comprised of both dirt and tarmac and begins with a nice downhill. The rolling hills take you through beautiful forested areas in Cumbria. It’s a great ride for all weather conditions but riders must be careful as there tend to be lots of walkers in certain areas of the trail.

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2. The South Downs

Looking for something a little more substantial? The 100 mile ride from Winchester to Brighton is an epic experience, which typically takes riders 2-3 days to complete the whole thing. This trail features 12,600 feet of ascent and great views of the chalk hills.

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3. Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest is a great location for riders looking flowing tracks through a nicely wooded area. With two routes of four and seven miles long, this ride is great for all levels of experience.

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4. Mendip Hills

Mendip Hills, located in Somerset, is home to Britain’s longest running race events called the Cheddar Challenge. In addition to the Cheddar Challenge there are some awesome trails around Beacon Batch and Black Down which offer steep and narrow descents and lots of jumps and rocky terrain. These challenging trails will definitely get your heart pumping.

5. Epping Forest

If you’re looking for a cool area to go cross country riding, this is your spot! Epping forest is located close enough to London that you can choose to bike there or take the train. Although its trails are rather muddy year round, it’s a great place to spend a few hours exploring.

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Alan Perlman

Lead Adventurer at Nerve Rush
For three years, Alan traveled to 60+ countries as an international cost-of-living surveyor. Back in New York City, when he's not running, rock climbing or geeking out about UAV drones, Alan runs a marketing agency that helps companies generate more sales-ready leads using inbound marketing techniques.

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