Some days you just need to clear your head, to find a bit of peace and quiet and blow the cobwebs away. Most days have been like that of late, the house extension and all the stresses that come with it, my recent operation (ow) and life picking up the pace in the run up to Christmas have all taken their toll on me stress-wise.
Regular readers will know just how much I love getting out and about in the New Forest, both with the children and on my own. Sometimes it’s walking, sometimes it’s running and last week, pre-operation it was mountain biking.
The brilliant thing about the New Forest is that there’s an abundance of Forestry Commission Cycle Trails (some links to some I recommend are at the bottom of this post) which are great for family cycling with their wide gravel tracks. There are also plenty of other spots which are a bit more challenging to cycle, and by challenging I mean muddy, tree root-ridden, bumpy and steep!
Whichever way you like to mountain bike you really can’t beat the blast of fresh air and adrenaline buzz that it gives, and here you can see a bit of my ride…
Check me and my GoPro style action out (just thank your lucky stars the camera wasn’t pointing the other way as there was much wobbling and girly squeaking going on). If you are thinking of buying a GoPro or similar style camera Argos have some belters on their site.
If you would like to explore the outdoors yourself on a mountain bike but you don't know where to start, here’s all you need to know:
Mountain Bike - Obviously the essential element for mountain biking. Check out a store like Tesco or Argos to find mountain bikes.
Equipment and Clothing - cycle helmet, weather-suitable clothing, map or mobile phone app, puncture repair kit.
Forestry Commission Cycle Routes - did you know that The Forestry Commission have over 1100km of cycle routes in the UK? You can find out more about them here.