Guest blog: The Torridon Matrix

We were pretty stoked to have Steve Justice from Alabama join us in Torridon in May. Here’s his story in his own words…  I wish I could say I felt at ease when we started riding.  When you’ve been riding for nearly 30 years, you know when you’re riding well and when you’re not. The…

Wales Trails

Our top 5 big mountain rides in Wales Wales played a pivotal role in the development of mountain biking in the UK, and the principality has remained at the forefront ever since. But there’s so much much more to riding in Wales than trail centres and bike parks: the mountains and valleys are home to…

Snowdonia’s best singletrack

Our 5 favourite rides in our own backyard 1. Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Snowdon is more an experience than a ride. But it’s still our pick as Wales’ best outing, and it earns a place in any UK Top 10. Our favourite circuit is up from Llanberis – pretty ride-able until just beyond the Halfway House.…

5 Best Lake District Trails

Awesome Lakeland riding that works all year round – what are you waiting for?  1. The Langdales, Hodge Close and Loughrigg Not so much a trail or even a specific loop, just a mix and match of perfect, all-weather techie rock that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Favourites? the clinky slate funnel…

The year that was

The Diary of a mountain bike guide, route researcher and guidebook writer A year ago today started wonderfully. I was up early, my bike was in the van, and I was on my way to Capel Curig to guide and instruct at Plas y Brenin – a legendary institution and somewhere I’d always aspired to work. Life…

Wild Earth Day

The Diary of a mountain bike guide, route researcher and guidebook writer April 22nd is World Earth Day – a nominal slot in the calendar chosen to try and focus attention on the plight of our planet. To celebrate the occasion, both last year and this year I posted the following quote from Gerhard Manley Hopkins on…