Nan Bield Pass, Lake District

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Nan Bield Pass mountain bike trail in the Lake district is natural trail riding at its best. It kicks off from Staveley just by Kendal in North West England. 

On the one hand you are talking amazing technical rocky descents and on the other hand it encompasses some of the toughest climbs (that often require you to carry the bike over rocky, loose and steep terrain).

Route options are listed below and vary from 33km to 40km so it's a tough long trail and you need to be fit, experienced and go well prepared.

Useful Sites with Routes

  • The Edge Cycle Works has a downloadable map from MapMyRide as well as turn by turn detailed descriptions.
  • MBR also has a neat downloadable map and blog style description
  • MTB Britain takes you on a descriptive turn by turn guide of this route.
  • Singletrackworld have a three routes in the South Lakes and the Nan Bield Pass is the hardest of the three. There is a neat PDF map and a blog style description of the route. 


  • If you have ridden the mountain bike trail at Nan Bield Pass then pelase share your experiences and post some routes, maps, pictures, videos and reviews to the listing. 


GPS Routes

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Submitted by: stumpy_dan
an Bield Pass MTB Route in the Lake District is infamous. It revolves around reaching the Nan Bield Pass then doing the Kentmere Common descent down to Stile End. It's full of rocky sections, fast singletrack, chutes and ruts. It is 10 miles long.
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Submitted by: stumpy_dan
Nan Bield Pass, Lake District from Staveley has technical rocky descents, tough, hike a bike
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Submitted by: stumpy_dan
Staveley and the Nan Bield Pass mountain bike route is in the Eastern Lake District in North West England. It is graded as technically difficult / hard and is 21.5 miles long. The section from Kentmere to Haweswater and back includes a lot of technical riding on loose boulders and bedrock. There are a couple of very steep climbs and the one from Haweswater to the top of the Nan Bield Pass involves a difficult hike-a-bike


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