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The Whinlatter Altura Trails

   Words by wise

   on 26/11/2015 14:26:50

Altura trailhead

Our Mountain Bike Trail Centre, has once  again been nominated as the Best Trail Centre Finalist by the UK by readers of Singletrack Magazine. Singletrack 2015

Situated in Whinlatter Forest just west of Keswick at the top of Whinlatter Pass is an ever-growing selection of MTB Trails. Whinlatter is very definitely a 'Mountain' forest and around every turn and bend in all of our trails you'll discover the spectacular scenery of the English Lake District. On a clear day from the top of the Altura Trail's South Loop, you can see all the way to the sea, while in the other direction a mountain view including Skiddaw, Blencathra and Derwent Water takes the breath away.

For latest new on trails open and road access please click here for the Forest Commission update.

The Altura Trail - Red Graded

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.

Click the video on the right to view the final descent on the North Loop to get a feel for the trail.

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! A helmet cam video from the first section of the blue trail can be found on the left - you can ride it a bit slower than Dan and Joe if you want though!!!

To Download a Trail Map for Whinlatter Forest please visit  Forestry Commission Mountain Bike Trails.

Local Natural Trails

The Lake District is literally covered with superb bike trails, we are happy to advise anyone on suitable routes, just call into the shop and we will point you in the right direction.