Mountain Biking at Whinlatter Altura Trails
This one is for is all you mountain bikers out there! The trails offers riders of novice to expert level the chance to experience these beautiful woods in one of the best ways possible, there’s something for everyone at Whinlatter trails. We do recommend you have some previous experience and a decent degree of fitness before attempting the blue trail.
At the bottom of the forest, you’ll have everything you need to have a great day of mountain biking. Should you need to hire a bike or some gear such as padding for example, there’s the Cyclewise Bike hire & shop.
The journey to whinlatter is just a 15 minute drive from Underscar, leaving you with a reasonable time to wake up, meaning you have as much time as possible to get out and bike.
Whinlatter trail centre was nominated as the Best Trail Centre Finalist by the UK by readers of Singletrack Magazine 2015. The forestry commission do a fantastic job at maintaining the trails. As well as adding new challenging technical areas & route changes from time to time.
Below you can view the descriptions of each trail available at Whinlatter, written by Cyclewise bike hire & shop. They know a great deal about the forest and are able to guide you through, after all they do ride the trails themselves!
The Altura Trail – Red Trail
This Red graded trail is sponsored by ALTURA and is a trail of two halves…
The North Loop is approximately 9.5km in length with some superb flowing sections of singletrack; the climbs in the first half of the loop are well rewarded with what we think has to be the best downhill in the UK. Huge sweeping berms, technical forest sections and optional black graded features can all be found.
The South Loop is approximately 10km in length and is slightly less technical than the North Loop. A pleasant singletrack climb to the midway point allows you to choose between a flowing downhill section littered with berms and rollovers or a continuation of the climb to the top of Hospital Ridge. This gives superb views across the peaks of the North Lakes and you are amply rewarded with some sweet singletrack.
The Quercus Trail – Blue Graded
The latest addition to the Whinlatter Trails is proving to be a classic in the making! At around 8km in length, the entire trail meanders up, over and around the lower section of the forest and skips the big climbs of the Altura trail. Despite the smaller gain in altitude compared to its harder brother, the Blue loop rewards you with mellow berms, rollovers and boardwalks. All of this at a grade to suit everyone from the novice to the expert looking to hone their skills. If you’re keen for more action after the Blue Loop, go and ride the bottom section of the South Loop as an ideal complement!
Contact Cyclewise for information
Cyclewise Whinlatter, Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5TW.
Tel : 017687 78711
Email: [email protected]