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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.
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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.
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|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|
The Lake District is England's only truly mountainous region and arguably its most beautiful. It is also consistently considered the top destination for mountain biking in the country. There are numerous reasons why. The sublime landscape provides the perfect backdrop to every riding experience; then there are the trails themselves. Although not purpose-built with mountain bikers in mind, the Lakes' vast network of bridleways and byways can be legally plundered by those seeking riding nirvana.
The Lake District's many trails are also varied in character. Perhaps it is the ability to mix high mountain passes, scintillating singletrack and rocky technical descents with flowing forest tracks and quietly charming low-level lanes that provides the region's long lasting appeal to fat-tyre adventurers.
There are two perfectly respectable trail centres in the Lakes at Grizedale and Whinlatter forests. However, despite making use of a couple of short sections of the North Face path in Grizedale, this book aims to allow riders to discover a much richer mountain biking experience on the region's varied ‘natural' tracks.
Although this book contains several routes that tour the north of the Lake District, the overwhelming majority are contained within the southern half of the national park. This refects the difference in the landscape; the more rolling south Lakes is crossed by plenty of suitable (and excellent) mountain biking trails, while the northern half is steeper and more dramatic but unfortunately scarce in suitable bridleways.
This book aims to guide the reader along the Lakes' most thrilling trails, while also aiming to avoid long stretches of pushing and carrying. The few routes that do contain significant pushes are clearly marked to forewarn you, and are only included because the rest of the ride is worth the effort.
Riders' abilities are different, and the days during the winter months are shorter than in summer. For these reasons care has been taken to include a good mix of loops, of varying lengths and technical difficulty. This should ensure that the guide is enjoyed with confidence by mountain bikers of all levels of experience.
All that is left to say is: pick a route, saddle up and enjoy the ride.