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The Altura Trail

The Altura Trail

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Mountain Biking, free entry



Whinlatter Pass,
CA12 5TW


Whinlatter Forest is home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trail in the Lake District. The Altura Trail puts the mountain back into biking and has been built for experienced riders with good off-road skills and a higher level of fitness and stamina. The trail is a 19 kilometre red grade mountian bike route which includes 15 kilometres of new single track. there are challenging single track sections and popular features like berms, jumps, rock features, skinnies, cork screws and table tops. there are alos fantastic view of Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Helvellyn and Skiddaw as the trail takes the rider to an altitude of 500m above Keswick.

Also available to try is the Quercus Trail, a blue route. Bikes are available to hire or buy from Cyclewise, the onsite shop, who also offer a range of skills and bike maintenance courses.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringPicnic sitePublic toilets

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted


Free entry


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted



Plan route to Whinlatter Forest and Visitor Centre using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 225241  Lat: 54.60610 Long: -3.20130

Grid ref NY 240 275. From Keswick take the A591 towards Bothel. The forest entrance and car park are on the right opposite Mirehouse.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 26 miles from Penrith station