Mountain biking in the Lake District

If you are planning to take your bike to the Lake District and enjoy some of the best off-road trails in the UK, why not combine your trip with a stay in a luxury Windermere cottage?

Ambleside and Loughrigg Fell

This route is 17 miles long, and includes a breathtaking descent from Iron Keld, and an optional extension to the route if you want to make it longer. Taking in Loughrigg, Elterwater, Hodge Close and Iron Keld, most of the climbs are on-road, and most of the descents off-road, with some difficult sections.

Grizedale Forest

This route is from Coniston to Lawson Park, and is 8 miles in length, including a long climb into the forest. Once you reach the top, you can enjoy magnificent views over Coniston Water, and a scenic descent past an abandoned farm at Lawson Park. If you like it rough, the other option is to take the ´rough ride´, which is 15 miles long and includes roads and tricky bridleways.

Biking routes from Claife Heights

Popular routes from Claife Heights include those which end in Hawkshead, 13 miles away, Bowness, via the ferry, 10 miles and the slightly longer route to Ambleside which is 16 miles away. Narrow country lanes provide an excellent warm-up for off-road tours of Claife Heights, and if you enjoy a good descent, you will be spoilt for choice here.

Kentmere and Troutbeck riding routes

Kentmere and Troutbeck offer some classic mountain bike adventure trails, including the infamous Garbun Pass, which is not for the faint-hearted. Challenging routes include the foothills of the Eastern Fells. Some routes are high and exposed, so if you are planning to go, make sure you are properly prepared. Another popular, yet challenging route is Staveley to Longsleddale, which is 16 miles, with a moorland crossing and three thrilling descents. Gaburn Pass from Windermere is 16 miles long and Ambleside to Troutbeck is 10.5 miles, with some tough climbs. Staveley to Long Houses is 7 miles long, and most of the off-road riding is downhill.

Borrowdale mountain biking

The Grand Tour of Borrowdale is 18 miles long, and the views are matched by the mountain biking, which can prove particularly challenging on the bridleways. A shorter alternative is the southern part of the route which is 14 miles long and much easier to navigate. This route misses out road sections around the lake. Another trail around Derwent Water is 13 miles, and offers riders some breathtaking scenery en route.

The Old Coach Road at Glenderaterra

The Old Coach Road at Glenderaterra covers 28 miles, and traverses the mountain valley. Keswick Railway Cycle Track provides a great warm up area for riders who are planning to tackle the tough bridleway ride. The route proves fast and enjoyable and is moderate difficulty. The ride ends with a thrilling descent. A shorter version of the route is 17 miles long and starts at Threlkeld.

Why not combine your biking tour with a stay in a luxury Windermere cottage with hot tub? Take a trip around Windermere, Coniston, Torver or Grasmere, and you can find a choice of routes that range from easy to challenging.