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Best place to get routes from?

Tony1976Tony1976 Posts: 70
edited July 2008 in MTB beginners
Morning people,

Ive been trying to find routes in my local area, Rossendale Lancashire, but whenever i search on some websites it only brings up one which is about 10 minutes long.

Does anyone know of a more comprehensive search site which may be able to help me? or is it just a matter of getting a map and figuring ones out myself?

Sorry if seems a numb question but i dont really know many people around my area thats into biking and i want to go out and about on my own to build up basic skills etc before i join up with others.

Cheers

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  • impishedimpished Posts: 1,092
    Stick a post in the MTB RIDES section and you're sure to get at least a few replies. 8)
  • BmjboyBmjboy Posts: 680
    Some websites to have a look on are:

    Mapmyride.com
    Motionbased.com
    cycle-route.com

    Im sure theres loads more...

    But as Impished said, nothing can compare to some local knowledge and advice. Do post a question in the Rides section and you are bound to get a response from someone local.
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  • beskibeski Posts: 542
    Buy a OS Explorer map from Smiths or Millets, of the area you are looking at, bridle paths & cycle routes are clearly marked
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  • dave_hilldave_hill Posts: 3,877
    Tony1976 wrote:
    Morning people,

    Ive been trying to find routes in my local area, Rossendale Lancashire, but whenever i search on some websites it only brings up one which is about 10 minutes long.

    Does anyone know of a more comprehensive search site which may be able to help me? or is it just a matter of getting a map and figuring ones out myself?

    Sorry if seems a numb question but i dont really know many people around my area thats into biking and i want to go out and about on my own to build up basic skills etc before i join up with others.

    Cheers

    Get the OS Explorer/Outdoor Leisure maps for the area, and plan your own routes! That's the way I started way back when. You also pick up map-reading and navigating skills if you do this.

    If you'll PM me your e-mail address I'll send you some PDF format maps of some loops which will give you a good workout and help you to build up your skills. When you feel you're ready for a decent run out, give myself and/or Stumpy Jon a shout (I'm in Burnley, he's in Weir.)
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  • GeorgebGeorgeb Posts: 315
    Try www.bikely.com

    Also try getting in touch with your local bike shop or local mountain bike club. They'll probably have some routes to share with you.
  • BikedevilBikedevil Posts: 1,156
    Nothing really comes close to local knowledge, ask the staff at your local bike shop and people you out on the trails. we're a surprisingly friendly bunch of people don't ya know.

    Its how I've found most of my riding spots including some nice hidden trails.
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  • beskibeski Posts: 542
    Half the fun is getting the Explorer map out & finding/discovering your own loops, take the map with you & make it up as you go along if you want :D
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  • stumpyjonstumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    As Dave_Hill said, PM me and let me know where exactly you are and you're email address. 10 min rides are few and far between but there are some excellent routes in the 15 to 20 mile bracket.

    I'll dig out some of my routes and send them to you.

    Once you've got a few key routes under your belt you'll start discovering more. I 'found' a piece of bridleway only a mile from the house 2 months ago and it's cracking.
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  • passoutpassout Posts: 4,609
    Local knowledge is best....start at your local bike shops.
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  • dunkerdunker Posts: 1,503
    google earth is a great free tool too.
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