You watched it. I watched it. We all watched it.
You didn’t? What? This has to have been one of the best things on TV so far this year – maybe in a long time (for me).
“From one end of the country to the other, from the mountains to the sea – we’ve pretty much covered every bit of Britain that there is for hikers to explore.”– Ore Oduba
“This could be your next big adventure – you’re going to be blown away.” – Julia Bradbury
Why am I talking about this? Well I’ve taken my bike to a few of these places as well as walked a few too. But this morning I’ve seen so many bike forums and Facebook pages flooded with requests like “Can you ride on Helvellyn?” and its great. Bikers, hikers and sofa sitters up and down the country probably broke the OS website last night looking up routes to explore.
But before you all head off to Glencoe, Stanage Edge, Snowdon, the Lake District etc just remember that not all walkers paths can be ridden both practically and legally. Snowdon has set times for mountain bikers – check before you go.
Check the OS map for bridleways and byways and not footpaths! Or hire a guide!
Ask me even! Or check out some of the published guide books on mountain biking on the Lakes, Peaks or Snowdonia for instance or online lists on MBR for example.
There’s a reason why us mountain bikers havent been to Malham Cove and Gordale Scar – its simple not possible by bike due to the sheer cliffs and the footpath only access.
Make these locations absolutley part of your plans but PLEASE check before you go taking a bike.