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MTB Trails in Lake District

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There’s no end to the MTB trails in the Lake District and that’s very fortunate because riding here is a thoroughly life-affirming, camera-battery-draining, unadulterated pleasure-giving experience. If that sounds like an exaggeration, it’s not. This fantastic national park has everything you could desire from ideal beginner trails to white-knuckle expert routes, all waiting for your tires to start rolling. 

With forest tracks and tough ascents plus jaw-dropping views and graded routes, mountain bike trails in the Lake District have plenty of variety. Why not try your pedals at the exquisitely maintained routes in Whinlatter Forest? Intermediate single track with sweeping berms can be found here as well as more challenging routes. 

From the huge heights of Sticks and Nan Bield Passes to the family-friendly bridleways of Witherslack and Grizedale, you can push yourself as much or as little as you like. Technical singletrack, breathtaking descents and unforgettable views abound. 


The 20 best MTB rides in Lake District

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    1
    Difficult
    02:02
    13.2 mi
    6.5 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    2
    Difficult
    03:16
    23.9 mi
    7.3 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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  • 3
    Intermediate
    02:22
    14.7 mi
    6.2 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,200 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    4
    Intermediate
    02:29
    17.5 mi
    7.1 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,275 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    5
    Difficult
    02:49
    19.5 mi
    6.9 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    6
    Intermediate
    01:46
    11.9 mi
    6.7 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    7
    Intermediate
    02:23
    16.2 mi
    6.8 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,775 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    8
    Intermediate
    03:01
    20.3 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,750 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    9
    Difficult
    03:45
    25.8 mi
    6.9 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,325 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    10
    Difficult
    03:00
    17.4 mi
    5.8 mph
    3,025 ft
    3,025 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    11
    Difficult
    01:58
    11.4 mi
    5.8 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    12
    Difficult
    02:30
    12.3 mi
    4.9 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    13
    Difficult
    03:21
    23.4 mi
    7.0 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    14
    Intermediate
    00:59
    6.43 mi
    6.6 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    15
    Difficult
    04:02
    27.7 mi
    6.9 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,650 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    16
    Intermediate
    03:01
    22.4 mi
    7.4 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,600 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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    17
    Difficult
    03:55
    27.4 mi
    7.0 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,125 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    18
    Easy
    00:41
    4.26 mi
    6.3 mph
    525 ft
    550 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    19
    Difficult
    04:21
    22.0 mi
    5.0 mph
    4,925 ft
    4,875 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    20
    Difficult
    01:34
    11.2 mi
    7.1 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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