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We all get to a point when we fancy something a little different. We all know of popular bike parks and trail centres which offer concentrated fun and convenience, but what about hidden trails that lie just a little further beyond?
Hannah Reynolds has been out and about, chatting with fellow riders who offer a glimpse into their favourite trails around the UK.
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Name of Rider: Cathy Debenham, East Devon
Favourite Ride: From Sidmouth to Woodbury Common
How did you find it?
When I first moved down to Devon, I lived in a village called Woodbury just west of the common so it was the obvious place to go. I didn’t know, at first, that it was open access, so you can ride anywhere you want, so I stuck to the bridle-paths. It was only when I joined the local mountain bike club (basically four blokes and me) that I discovered its full potential. Now, if we see a track that looks interesting we’ll check it out to see if it’s worth riding.
What makes it special?
The whole area is really beautiful and there is so much variety. I live in a steep-sided valley so the first climb is hard work but when you get up on to the ridge there are fabulous views and some fun single track in the woods. Woodbury is actually seven commons leading down to the sea. There is an old heathland and an Iron Age fort and many different landscapes. There is a single track around the edges in the woods and the Pebble beds that lie under the area make for some interesting descending.