The rush of mountain biking is hard to deny, and even harder to resist once you've got the bug. But how do you know which trails are right for your ability level? Nobody wants to end up over-awed by an extremely technical challenge on one of their first trips out, so we've put together a list of our favourite beginner trails scattered around the UK.
Surrey Hills, England
The Surrey Hills are one of the south-east's most popular riding spots and with good reason too. The singletrack trails are beautifully maintained and offer up a full gamut of challenges. This is a great place for beginners, but it also allows you to step up when you're ready for a bigger test.
Swinley Forest, England
Situated in the wilds of Berkshire, Swinley Forest is a definite must-visit for any newbie MTBer. While the centre underwent some changes in 2013, we're pleased to hear that in 2016 work has already begun on some new trails and areas - a sign that the management are keen to take this place to the next level.
Check out the SwinleyRiders website for more details on riding the trails there.
Coed Llandegla, Wales
Coed Llandegla in North Wales offers those new to MTB a chance to let rip in one of the most scenic spots in the British Isles. A 5km green route allows beginners to get to grips with trail-riding in a non-stress situation, while a 12km blue route is also available for those looking to push themselves a little harder. Let this video fuel your stoke for the next ride.
You can find out more details about this Welsh wonderland on their website.
One of the famous 7Stanes (a group of top-level MTB centres in southern Scotland), Glentress has something to challenge every rider, from beginner right up to experienced. The centre is also home to a MTB school, so you can pick up tips from the experts before, during and after your ride.
The second Welsh entry on this list, Gethin Woods has established itself as one of the UK's favourite MTB spots. The centre has been set up to cater to all abilities, with a green route for beginners and families complemented by a host of tougher options - from blue (for intermediates) up to red and even black runs. Start out on those greens and blues, and who knows, maybe one day you'll be tearing up the black run!
Get a taster of the action available in this video.