What I did on my holidays (part 1)
I had the rare opportunity of a long weekend without the rest of the family, so after a very brief consideration of the 'stay at home eating pizza and watching DVDs' option, I rejected it in favour of the 'head for somewhere with hills and burn some calories' choice.
My parents' house in Edinburgh provided the ideal base camp for phase 1: A mountain biking trip to Glentress Forest , near Peebles.
I was too busy riding to stop and take any pictures, but it looks a bit like this:
I rode the 30KM V-trail , paused for a cup of tea and a piece of carrot cake about the size of Greenland, then finished off with the 20KM red trail . The V-trail in particular is significantly harder than any of the other trails I've ridden - the timber sections around the ewok village and 'double X' are particularly sporting, and the big drop-off on the descent back to the car-park had me pretty scared.
The red run is not quite so extreme, but has a continuous 6K singletrack descent which just seems to never end. (Alas, it has an equally interminable climb to make up for it).
And just to cap off a perfect days riding, there's a bike shop / cafe at the bottom where for a fiver you can get your bike cleaned (no mean feat in my case), re-lubed, cables / discs tuned up, and get a mug of tea and a cake into the bargain. What could be finer ?