which, to the casual observer, often look impossible to ride, crashes are inevitable. With this in mind it’s always recommended to wear a full face helmet, body armour and hand/eye protection. These items should be coupled with a bike which is up to the extreme loads which it’s subjected to. For this kind of abuse full suspension, with a high degree of travel front and rear, is a must. Rather than overall weight, the focus should be on quality and strength of components as well as a strong frame.
Devon is perfect for mountain biking holidays in the UK, with both Dartmoor and Exmoor offering a fantastic variety of terrain. Exmoor is a mix of valleys, forest trails and open moorland and Dartmoor is renowned for its granite rock formations and abundance of bogs. Both areas are worth exploring, but be prepared: open moorland is notorious for sudden changes in the weather and these areas are particularly exposed. Whilst stunning in good weather, open moorland can soon become dangerous - many areas look very similar and it’s easy to become lost. It’s always recommended you ride with someone, particularly in areas such as these, wear a helmet and take an Ordnance Survey map or GPS.
Part of The National Cycle Network can also be found in Devon. One particularly well known route is known as the Devon Coast to Coast (officially route 27) and travels from Ilfracombe in North Devon to Plymouth in West Devon. The route is not particularly strenuous and is therefore ideal for families or a casual ride.