Is Exmoor Southern UK's Best Riding Spot?

Jul 11, 2018
by TrailUnknown  
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After a winter spent dreaming of dusty trails, Trail Unknown started the 2018 summer season off with a guided weekend linking some of the best natural trails the UK has to offer in Exmoor National Park.

The idea of Trail Unknown is to find an amazingly beautiful area in the UK such as a national park or area of outstanding natural beauty, where we know there is a mysterious maze of magnificent single track. We put on a professional local guide who knows how to link the most talked about and least talked about tracks in the area. We get a load of awesome riders to join us who are supposedly customers but feel like mates, provide lunch from local produce and enjoy a full weekend of the best riding ever with not a worry in sight. We even throw in a cheeky uplift from a local farmer sometimes. For 50 squidders a day, you can't go wrong.


It all began on Friday morning, meeting in the quaint English town of Porlock. Now if you've never been there, you must think of mega old pubs, colourful tea houses, little cottages, sea views, friendly old people who make delicious cheese and cider, deer, the second highest point in the south of England, soo many trails, and dreamy combes. A combe 'is a short valley or hollow on a hillside or coastline, especially in Southern England.' Exmoor is full of magical combes that twist and turn with the hill, where the ancient woodland is epic and the ground is just like the best ground ever to ride, so loose and yet with so much grip. Oh baby, it's all about the combes.


The riding in Exmoor is such a treat and blessed by over 500 meters of altitude at the legendary Dunkery Beacon. From there you have a huge selection of sweeping trails from the open moorland that take you all the way down to sea level, through many a combe and sometimes with a few cheeky stream crossings that are always a fun challenge.


With no set path to any of our trips (it's in the name - Trail Unknown), we ride something for everyone. The beauty of natural style riding is that you ride the tracks at whatever speed you like, however playfully you like and it will always put a big muddy smile on your face.


After a morning enjoying the hills, what more could you want than to turn up to a serene spot with lunch laid out ready for you? Because that's the kind of service you get with Trail Unknown. Cake and all.



Where else could you finish the weekend but at the tea house for some scones, clotted cream and jam? A massive thank you to Dan French for a fantastic weekend of tasty trail selection, to Mark Brewer at Exmoor MTB Uplifts, to Joey Millward at Millward Media for the pics and videos, and to everyone who came and made it one of the best Trail Unknown weekends so far.

We've got plenty more weekend trips coming up in 2018 to Exmoor, Dartmoor, the Peak District, Quantock Hills, with more dates and places always being added as requested. Contact us or check out our our next trips on our site. Use our guide finder system to find a local UK mountain bike guide and plan your own adventure.


34 Comments

  • 18 0
 Ur mum is UKs best riding spot lmao
#bmoorbritish
  • 12 0
 Your mum is so fat I had to buy an e-bike to ride over her.
  • 4 0
 2:00 in and they are bomming down a fire road...wtf!

Surrey hills is shit...don't go there
  • 5 0
 I know exactly where that is. It's the run-in to a great fast rooty trail that was used as a special stage for the Mondraker enduro a few years ago. It's bloody brilliant.
  • 2 0
 Yes. Yes it is. Don’t bother going Surrey Hills any more, go here instead. Surrey Hills is rubbish, all the trails there should be deleted from the trail forks app. So no one knows the trails are there, like it used to be!
  • 1 0
 @IdRatherNotPeddle i don't ride there anymore, way too over populated, other secrets have been discovered
  • 1 0
 Just to say guys, I've never ridden Exmoor so I'm not about to slate it like seemingly everyone else here, and that I've heard Dan French's name recently when he helped an injured rider off the Quantocks so big props to him too. I'll keep an eye on your website, would love to do one of these when I've got time!
  • 1 0
 A lot of guys on here are talking shit! I’ve ridden Exmoor twice recently ( minehead side) and there’s some awesome tracks steep fast and rooty, there’s a race there this weekend. So unless you’ve ridden them pipe down fools!
  • 2 1
 Best riding spot in UK? Tweed Valley, I have access to the whole uk nothing in England or wales matches the TweedValley but Dyfi could match it if the time is spent to develop the trail network.
  • 3 0
 Loved the video, so much stoke!
  • 1 0
 I'm heading down that way on holiday with the family later in the year, so will bring my bike and have a look for myself - trails fun though.
  • 2 1
 "scones, clotted cream and jam"

Fook off. A fat burger and a beer for me mate.
  • 2 1
 And no, it isn't
  • 1 1
 @Vulhelm: We'll give you a free days guided tour around Exmoor and perhaps change your mind! Our emails trailunknownuk@gmail.com. Drop us a message and we'll arrange a time, I promis you won't regret it & if you do then i'l buy you a burger and pint for dinner ....Look forward to hearing from you bud!
  • 2 0
 The uplift ????
  • 2 1
 If it is then that video is not selling it - looks like light XC
  • 2 1
 nice video but the answer is no.
  • 1 1
 Thanks @stevea123 , we'll show you around Exmoor for free and maybe change your mind! Drop us a message at trailunknownuk@gmail.com and we'll arrange a time
  • 3 1
 Is it April fools?
  • 2 1
 Absolutely not the best riding spot in the UK
  • 1 1
 @hobbnobs not in the whole of the UK we agree...but it's arguably up there as one of the best in the South of the UK. Give us a shout at trailunknownuk@gmail.com and we'll show you around Exmoor free of charge and show you why we things it's so bloody good!
  • 1 0
 ....when marketing goes wrong
  • 2 2
 Nah, Dartmoor is far better #moorbeef
  • 2 2
 No, it isn’t. Cheers though.
  • 1 1
 @wilson360 we'll show you around Exmoor for free and perhaps change your mind, drop us a message at trailunknownuk@gmail.com and we'll arrange a good time. Look forward to hearing from you!
  • 2 1
 it really isn't though
  • 1 1
 @adinmtb We'll show you around Exmoor for free and perhaps change your mind, drop us a message at trailunknownuk@gmail.com and we'll arrange a good time. Look forward to hearing from you!
  • 3 0
 @TrailUnknown: guys, you need to reshoot the video, it looks really lame, this is PB, if there aren't 30' drops and mile long skinnies we don't like it lol
And i've ridden Exmoor, best trail i found kept going through a river, Dunkery beacon was a let down , good pub though
  • 1 0
 @pigman65: These guys will be riding like that soon enough in the second edit!
  • 1 0
 @TrailUnknown: spent some quality days riding content over a few years inc hidden gems but it don’t compare to the Tweed
  • 2 1
 God I hope not.
  • 1 1
 @mcvittees God knows...it's up there, and because i think it's so damn good we'll show you around Exmoor for free and perhaps change your mind, drop us a message at trailunknownuk@gmail.com and we'll arrange a good time. Look forward to hearing from you!

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