If anyone had told me a few weeks ago I’d be mountain biking in the Sperrin Mountains on Easter Sunday instead of eating my weight in Easter Eggs, I’d probably have laughed!
Not least because I haven’t been on a bike since I was about 10 years old (20 years ago!).
But, as ever, I love trying new things and experiencing what Northern Ireland has to offer, so off we headed on Sunday morning to Davagh Forest, just 12 miles from Cookstown right in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains.
We met with Craig from Outdoor Concepts (which is the official trailhead provider) who gave us the bikes and talked us through the different gears and front and back brakes. Barry is a regular cyclist so it was no bother to him, but was good for me to familiarise myself before we set off.
Craig then talked us through the different trails, advising us to take the green 3K trail, as I was a beginner. The green trail is good for families and those mountain biking for the first time as it’s more about getting the feel for off-road riding.
For the more experienced thrill-seeking riders, there’s a red trail, which is 16K! It’s a steady climb up the slopes of the Beleevnamore Mountain with some impressive drops, (I’m told). Needless to say, I didn’t see them!
It was such a lovely morning when we took off and as the saying goes, you never forget how to ride a bike!
Riding through the forest and alongside the river was a great experience and a really different way to spend a Sunday morning. It was brill to get out and experience the outdoors from a different perspective!
I can definitely feel it in my leg muscles now though…
Outdoor Concepts- Davagh Forest
Mountain Biking in Davagh Forest
Me mountain biking
Barry at the Skills Park