From challenging woodlands to country estates, it’s time to go mountain biking.
Want to get out on your mountain bike? These are the Leeds trails you need to check out.
If you’ve got your mountain bike set and ready to go, there are loads of brilliant trails in Leeds for you to make the most of. We’ve picked out five of the best, from specially designed trails around iconic Leeds estates to woodland routes that will push you to the limit – which one will you try next?
Just outside Otley, Stainburn Forest has been a longtime favourite for mountain bikers. It’s home to one of the oldest pump tracks in the UK, and it’s recently been repaired, making it better than ever. They also have four other trails, all of which are quite short, but designed to be ridden again and again. The highlight is the 4-kilometre Warren Boulder Trail, one of the toughest in the UK, with huge drops and massive climbs. If you’re looking for something a little less trying, The Descent Line, The Red Loop and The Norwood Edge Trails are worth a punt.
The Harewood Estate is one of the best places to go in Leeds for mountain bikers. You have to pay to enter the grounds, but it’s completely worth it. The trails here aren’t too technical, with surfaced paths and tracks through fields and woodland, but they do have a good mix of slow, medium and fast runs. The best trail here is a big ‘un – start in Shadwell, then head up to the House, down to Eccup Reservoir and on to the Meanwood Valley Trail. Too much? There are a number of shorter routes around the estate too.