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Mountain Bike Guide East Midlands

Guide Book

21 carefully researched routes through the beautiful rural landscapes of:


From family leisure to challenging excursions.

BikeMaps Comment: although this guide was published in 1998 it is still relevant today as it covers areas not covered by other guide books. See map of routes below.

Happy riding!

See below for route details

Book Details:
ISBN 9780948153587
Published: 1998. Ernest Press
Author: Dave Taylor
160 Pages
Book Size: A5

Great Value


RRP £7.95

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The Mountain Biking Routes

Map showing the approximate recommended starting points for each route as indicated in the book.
Click on a marker for route information.

Route 1. Welbeck and Clumber

Distance: 29km. Grade: Moderate

Mostly Flat with a few gentle hills. Excellent green lanes and gravel forest tracks. 21km off road, 8km on road.

Route 2. Sherwood Forest

Distance: 24km. Grade: Moderate

Mostly level but with a few hills. Forest tracks and bridleways. 20km off road, 4km on road.

Route 3. The West Leake Hills

Distance: 29km. Grade: Difficult

Hilly, Fair to good field edge bridleways. Soggy in part. Off road 18km, on road 11km.

Route 4. Charnwood Forest

Distance: 24km. Grade: Moderate

Small hills and woodland. Gravel tracks, open fields and woodland paths. 13km off road, 11km on road.

Route 5. Barkby

Distance: 27km. Grade: Difficult

Gentle rolling hills. Well defined sometimes soft bridleways plus good tracks. 18km off road, 9km on road.

Route 6. Tilton and Quenby

Distance: 24km. Grade: Difficult

Gentle rolling hills. Bridleways across pasture and green lanes. 14km off road, 10km on road.

Route 7. Burrough Hill

Distance: 27km. Grade: Very Difficult

Rolling hills, farm land and green lanes. Green lanes, grass and gravel, field bridleways. 16km off road, 11km on road.

Route 8. Launde Abbey

Distance: 19km. Grade: Difficult

Gentle rolling hills. Field edges and hard-pack tracks. Off road 14km, on road 5km.

Route 9. Twycross

Distance: 36km. Grade: Difficult

Gently undulating. Some difficult field edge bridleways but mostly solid tracks.

Route 10. Market Bosworth

Distance: 27km. Grade: Easy

Farm land and canal towpaths. 15km off road, 12km on road.

Route 11. Leicester Forest

Distance: 28km. Grade: Difficult

very gently undulating on good classified roads but soft woodland bridleways. 18km off road, 10km on road.

Route 12. Rolleston

Distance: 32km. Grade: Very Difficult

Gently rolling hills and farmland. Surfaces from good solid tracks to field edges. 19km off road, 13km on road.

Route 13. Medbourne

Distance: 28km. Grade: Difficult

A bit hilly. Excellent gravel tracks and horrible arable bridleways!. Off road 19km, 9km on road.

Route 14. Foxton Locks

Distance: 18km. Grade: Moderate

A little bit hilly on occasions. Excellent stony tracks and some difficult bridleways across fields.

Route 15. Fineshade

Distance: 32km. Grade: Difficult

Gently undulating, small hills. Forest tracks, good grassy bridleways but also bridleways across arable fields. 30km off road, 12km on road.

Route 16. Lyveden New Bield

Distance: 24km. Grade: Moderate

Gently undulating. Field bridleways and byways - can be hard going when wet. 14km off road, 10km on road.

Route 17. Cottesbrooke

Distance: 25km. Grade: Moderate

Very gently undulating. Good gravel tracks, some grassy bridleways. 17km off road, 8km on road.

Route 18. Canons Ashby

Distance: 22km. Grade: Difficult

Very gently rolling countryside. Moslty byways from good to very rutted. Soft when wet. 16km off road, 6km on road.

Route 19. Silverstone

Distance: 30km. Grade: Very Difficult

Very gentle rolling countryside. Some good tracks but some difficult bridleways and byways - especially when wet. 21km off road, 9km on road.

Route 20. Brinklow

Distance: 30km. Grade: Very Difficult

A lot of farmland. bridleways along edge of fields and in woods - make for a very difficult ride. 16km off road, 14km on road.

Route 21. The Priors

Distance: 30km. Grade: Difficult

Flat with a few bumps. Bridleways and tracks across mixed farmland. 22km off road, 8km on road.

Route 22. The Leicestershire Bike Round

Distance: 120km. Grade: Very Severe

This throws everything at you except mountains!


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