Cities are not typically viewed as good locations for mountain biking. The buildings get in the way, there are often minimal hills, and the lack of urban singletrack is a definite problem.
However, through design, planning or happy accident of geography, some cities have access to great trails right on their doorstep. This usually also means they can be accessed by train, a bonus for those of us who can’t drive or don’t have a car.
Located in the South West of England, Bristol is recognised as one of the major cycling cities in the UK. Within easy driving distance are the Forest of Dean, the Quantock and Mendip hills, and the mountain biking mecca of South Wales. But if you don’t have a car to get around, there is plenty of riding within easy reach of the city centre and therefore the train station if you are coming from further afield.
Trail centres: Leigh Woods and Ashton Court
Overview: Mostly man-made and groomed Blues with a couple of reds thrown in for good measure. A few more technical options, and local trails, head off from the main paths and are worth investigating.