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Wild, natural trail help
« on: July 19, 2014, 06:47:08 pm »
I'm looking for a link to routes in West Scotland and Wales.

I'd like them to be natural routes, NOT trail centres. They'll be full of kids for the next 2 months and I don't like the artificial feel to the trails. I like it to be a bit wild! Don't mind the distance or difficulty, I plan to do some tenting along them anyway.

Anyone know any route guides ???
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Re: Wild, natural trail help
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2014, 07:10:59 pm »
I've just been re-reading Pete Jones/Trackstermans Scottish Spring journal. Any good? - http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=4867&v=Fi

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Re: Wild, natural trail help
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2014, 07:14:52 pm »
Your starter for 10 in Scotland: http://www.highlandtrail.net/ - the Assynt part of the route is about as wild and natural as it gets, although it's all good.

ETA: and for Wales: http://www.mbr.co.uk/routes/wales/sarn-helen-mtb-%E2%80%94-in-eight-easy-gps-files/

Re: Wild, natural trail help
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2014, 07:19:54 pm »
Thanks chaps :thumbsup:

I've got a week free in August*, so I'm trying to plan a nice wild camping trip. They'll give me something to start my ride.


* I know I'll be eaten alive
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Re: Wild, natural trail help
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2014, 07:23:08 pm »
Torridon and Assynt look great :thumbsup:
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Re: Wild, natural trail help
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2014, 08:34:18 pm »
The locals tend to keep natural trails to themselves and you won't find many of the good ones on websites...

Re: Wild, natural trail help
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2014, 08:29:55 am »
The above routes are wild enough. I haven't got to do any secret handshakes or contact secret squirrel to ride them :thumbsup:

It advises not to ride them in August though, it's deer stalking season!
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Re: Wild, natural trail help
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2014, 10:31:18 am »
It advises not to ride them in August though, it's deer stalking season!
The main stag stalking season is July to October, though August/September is probably busiest.
Though it shouldn't affect you too much for mountain biking, unless you are going over the tops of mountains. There's plenty of wild trails through the glens, where access shouldn't be an issue. Or you can contact the estate and ask where they will be stalking. This website is useful, has details for some estates: http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/outdoors-responsibly/access-code-and-advice/scottish-hills/heading-scottish-hills/

Re: Wild, natural trail help
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2014, 11:05:09 am »
 :thumbsup:
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Re: Wild, natural trail help
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2014, 06:08:12 pm »
You might find this website useful: http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/

Join them if you can - they do good work and are a refreshing change to the money-grabbing attitude of the YHA.

Re: Wild, natural trail help
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2014, 06:14:43 pm »
I was thinking about bothies, it'll save me lugging the tent around.
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Re: Wild, natural trail help
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2014, 06:10:39 pm »
My 'week' looks like its only going to be four days long >:(

I was planning on Torridon but the extra traveling will eat into my time. I may try to head out to Kinlochleven and try a couple of routes like Ciaran and the Nevis loop. There's lots of other routes to take from there, should be okay if I keep off the WHW.
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Re: Wild, natural trail help
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2014, 08:27:06 pm »
Well, I cancelled the trip.

I should've gone last night and drove through the night but the weather was terrible, and was forecast to be rubbish too. I couldn't be bothered to drive all that way for four days in crap weather. The webcams show heavy rain and gales today, glad I'm not bivvying in it.

I'll see what it's like tomorrow and head for the Berwyns. I can ride there and back, so no huge drive to endure.

I'll see what time I can get off in September. That won't happen either, I'm dreaming, work is crazy in September.
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