Mountain Biking in the Lake District
By Ian Boydon
A guidebook for 24 original and exciting graded mountain biking routes in the Lake District, offering some of the best MTB riding in the UK. Includes circular routes suitable for all abilities, from Kendal to Cleator Moor in the north-west and Keswick to Winster in the Lyth Valley, including a circumnavigation of Windermere.
SeasonsAlthough it is recommended that a few of the routes should only be done during periods of good weather, most can be ridden all year round.
CentresThrelkeld, Pooley Bridge, Cleator Moor, Muncaster, Torver, Grizedale, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Elterwater, Kendal, Staveley, High Newton, Spark Bridge, Winster
DifficultyRoutes are graded blue (medium), red (hard) and black (very hard). Novice MTBers with reasonable bike-handling skills should be able to complete the blue routes, while experts should be challenged by the red and, more so, the black routes.
Must SeeThe dramatic Garburn and Gatesgarth passes; views of Coniston Water, Esthwaite Water, Grasmere, Rydal Water, Elterwater, Ulswater, Derwent Water and Haweswater; circuit of Windermere
The Lake District is widely considered to be the best destination for mountain biking in the UK and, with its plentiful and varied trails, it is easy to see why.
For mountain biking in Britain, there really is no better area. This guidebook gives great insight into the best trails on offer in the lakes, with routes that will offer surprises to both newcomers to the area and seasoned visitors alike.
- 24 routes divided into short, medium, long and full-day loops
- graded rides to suit all levels of experience, from beginners through to experts
- route information on distance, difficulty grade, ascent, time and how much of the route goes off road
Getting to the Lake District
When to ride
Rest and recovery
Rights of way
The dirty dozen
Route 1 Tour of Loughrigg Fell
Route 2 Spark Bridge
Route 3 Borrowdale and Whinfell
Route 4 Kendal and Brigsteer
Route 5 Hawkshead and Hodge Close
Route 6 Howtown and Askham
Route 7 Elterwater and the Langdales
Route 8 Muncaster
Route 9 Winster
Route 10 High Newton and Cartmel
Route 11 Tour of Claife Heights and High Wray
Route 12 Kentmere Special
Route 13 Cleator Moor
Route 14 Torver and Kirkby Moor
Route 15 Grizedale Grunt
Route 16 Loadpot Hill
Route 17 Blencathra and the Old Coach Road
Route 18 Garburn and Longsleddale
Route 19 Haweswater and Gatesgarth
Route 20 Dunnerdale Enduro
Full Day Loops
Route 21 Parkamoor, Satterthwaite and Hawkshead Monster
Route 22 Tour de Windermere
Route 23 Mealbank, Borrowdale and the Breasthigh Road
Route 24 Longsleddale, Kentmere and Troutbeck
Appendix Bike shops in the region
This book includes extracts from 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey maps to help ease your navigation of the routes. The descriptions have sufficient detail to be used alone but the maps are to be used in conjunction with them to help you to stay on the right track. The following Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer maps are recommended for the routes in this guide:
OL4 The English Lakes North-Western area
OL5 The English Lakes North-Eastern area
OL6 The English Lakes South-Western area
OL7 The English Lakes South-Eastern area
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Overview page 42+ page 45 section 4 - Please note name change of pub from The Punch Bowl to The Black Labrador.
Hidden wonders from one of Britain’s most mountainous regions are showcased in this easy-to-use trail book. Featuring arguably the best routes in terms of variation and picturesque views, the book contains not only directions but also very useful background information.
It is all any rider needs for a day riding in the Lake District.
Westmorland Gazette, March 2011
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Ian Boydon has mountain biked in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales for almost 20 years. A graduate of History and trained journalist, he can be found in the national parks most weekends, exploring his favourite trails and routes.View Guidebooks by Ian Boydon