THE LAKE District mountain biking 

Whinlatter forest

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This is a cracking trail centre ready for those who want to up the anti. The blue route feels more like a purple which is an exciting and interesting ride preparing you for the fun of the red. The mountainside views add to the experience making this biking opportunity great for everyone. I like mountain biking but do have to be sometimes encouraged to do more challenging routes as the fear gets to me. I get a bit anxious about falling off because I bruise like a peach and don't want to be picking out grit from my knee cap. So with that being said, I try and get out of my comfort zone every so often with this type of biking. Tim is a seasoned mountain biker. I am 90% convinced he came out of the womb with pedals on his feet! So for him a red and a bit of black is the way forward but for me a little bit of blue and red are just beaut.

Quercus Trail

Duration: 1 hour and a bit

Difficulty: Easy (blue)

Parking: If you drive up towards the trail centre and drive past the entrance you will see other cars parked on the side (for free). There are also lots of opportunities on the climb up to the centre which make good parking spots. 

Cost: Free if you park on the road. Or...Free, 1st Hour - £2. additional time - 45p per 20 mins, all day - £8.00.

Location:  Keswick - CA12 5TW  

Paws for thought: If you want to park on the road better get there early in the morning or late in the evening or else it may be gone.

altura Trail

The trail has lots of exciting technical features making this tick the box if you are looking for an adventure. The complimenting landscape of Derwent water adds such interest to this fun rugged trail making you want to have a sandwich stop just to take in the view.

Duration: 2 hours ish

Difficulty: Red  

Paws for thought: There are fantastic views on this route so remember the camera!

Check out the website for further details.

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