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.
- We have a selection of some of the best GPS routes here on the site. Go check them out.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- If you have ridden the MTB trails in the Lake District then please share your pictures, reviews and videos on the listing.