When people think about Mountain Bike trails, the ones in the UK probably don’t often pop into your mind. However, there are some absolutely breathtaking trails you can go on that would change your thoughts in a heartbeat.

Granted if you are looking for a truly beautiful experience the likelihood is that you are either going to be traveling up into the Scottish mountains or down south to the rolling hills of Somerset. Either way, they will honestly give you something to talk about as this is most important to a number of people.

I am going to give you some of my favorite trails that I believe are worth a visit if you are into your mountain biking like I am.

My Northern Trail Picks:

1. Lairig Ghru, Scotland – It certainly isn’t one of the longest trials available to you, but the scenery is like no other and the ride is gripping, this is very different to your usual trail but one that has to experienced rather than spoken about.

2. Kinlochleven Ciaran Path, Scotland – Voted Trail of the year back in 2009 it is easily understandable why that was the case, with an intense ride that truly gets your heart pumping this is not one you would want to miss out on.  Here is a closer look.

3. Ullswater, Lake District – This is a hard working 8-mile trail that really gets your blood flowing, with steep climbs and harrowing drops it isn’t for your beginner but if you love the adrenaline and a fast pace don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Rides Down South:

1. Quantock’s, Somerset – Now the trails in the area are magnificent and challenging, the one I truly want to mention is Triscombe. If you are a downhill specialist or a hill climb pro this really does cater to your needs.

2. Peaslake, Surrey Hills – This gem is a little more hidden away compared to the monsters I have already mentioned but is one that should be on anybody’s to-do list. Working your way through the forests is such a surreal experience that you just don’t get with the other trails.

Regardless of the type of rider you are from beginner to competitor, these are some of the all-around favorites and as a tight community feel free to post up on forums and blogs to get to know your fellow riders and the tips and tricks they use when facing some of the tougher trails.