Lake District Mountain Biking

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Staveley Mill Yard Back Lane, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 9LR
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The Lake District in Cumbria is simply one big natural MTB fest. It probably gives you the best scenery you can get on a ride but it also does that more conventional mountain big up, big down thing most of us just crave in the rest of England.

The terrain is rocky, rooty and full of natural singletrack There is a large network of bridleways (100's of kilometres).

For the regular enthusiast these take you up the high peaks like Helvellyn, Skiddaw, High Street, Ullswater and Walna Scar, where you can descend to many a gnarly descent, but for those looking for a less demanding time, there are more technically moderate valley passes also.

From a trail centre environment, you have two pretty well kitted out MTB centres, in this region, Grizedale in the South of the Lakes and Whinlatter in the North.

iBikeRide GPS Tracks

  • We have a selection of some of the best GPS routes here on the site. Go check them out. 
  • Mountain Bike Cumbria

  • This is an enthusiast site well laid out with detailed descriptions maps and a good amount of rider feedback on the trails. You can get the detailed maps also from Sanoodi.  They have trails covering North East Cumbria (e.g. Ullswater Loop), North West Cumbria (e.g. Skiddaw downhill),  South East Cumbria (e.g. Black Crag) to name but a few
  • Pedal North

    • We have mentioned Pedal North before as they cover quite a few areas also like the Dales, the Yorkshire Moors, Lancashire and so on. They have maps, GPS files, descriptions and grading. They have 6 easy routes, 10 moderate routes and 10 hard routes covering riding on the Lakes and Cumbria
    • The Go Lakes Official Tourist Board Website

    • Not unsurprisingly these folks push the many mountain bike opportunities that exist in the Lakes (amongst loads of other great things to do in the Region) They have a lot of route maps in PDF format. You need to work a bit to work out which ones are MTB, which ones are for road and what the ability levels are but it has a lot of options especially for families and novices.
    • Clubs and Groups

    • Bog Trotters

    • The Tribe MTB Club

    • The WoolyBacks

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Riding Real Mountains
(Updated: October 15, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
3.5
Lots a superb routes with great variety and brilliant scenery

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Good Points
Artificial trails are imitations of mountains - this is the real thing.
Superb views that add to the experience
Open 365/24/7
Free at point of access
Loads of variety
Routes as long or short as you want to make them
A lot of cheeky trails in addition
Often you seem to have the whole area to yourself
Bad Points
Must carry gear in case of breakdown/weather/injury in remote locations
Unless you seek advice there are some lousy routes as well as good ones so you could be unlucky - ask/research first and you'll be OK
Avoid honeypot (Windermere, Ambleside, etc.) in summer holidays - traffic on roads and bridleways
Predicting timing can be difficult because of the variety of terrain and other factors
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Lakes - An Epic Place
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4.1
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4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
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4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
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4.0
There are some truly Epic rides in the lakes, but you can also get caught out with long sections of unrideable trail - planning is important.
Sometimes however that 90min walk with your bike is worth the descent or views or both.

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Superb Terrain, vast, some good long steep downhills, Epic views.
Bad Points
Its not made for MTB's so you can get caught out with no preparation and research on your route.
Can be very busy with walkers at peak holiday times and nice weather.
Would you recommend?
Yes
Lake District Epic : Red Pike and High Style by MTB 25/2/13
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