I bought the mountain biking UK Magazine just to read so I know a bit more about it.
Not sure where to start really.. My name is Vicky and I am wanting to get into mountain biking, but not sure where to start?
Agree with Dave H leave Halfords well alone.
Not all Halfords are bad. You'd be discounting a few good bikes.
The Carrera Vulcan, Kraken, & Fury are good bikes within their respective price brackets, so are the GT XCR's & Boardmans, you could always get a lbs to look over the bike after purchase for a small fee if your local Halfords isn't too hot