The Lake District is one of the most exciting places in the world to come mountain biking. If you want to challenge yourself on England's highest peaks, to enjoy an epic day out over endless miles of stunning countryside, or to journey for several days, barely touching tarmac, this is the place to visit.
High Mountain Biking
The network of bridleways (trails which can legally be ridden by mountain bikers) covers high peaks and passes as well as lower valley trails. Two of the most impressive summits in England - Helvellyn and Skiddaw - can both be accessed by bridleways and there are other classic high mountain rides too, like High Street, Walna Scar and many of the high passes.
The two regions which lend themselves best to epic rides are The Lake District and The North Pennines. Many riders head for The Lakes, and rightly so, as this area has an amazing network of trails which can be linked together to make superb circuits from 10 miles to 100 miles, with ease. However, for a wild, remote, high mountain experience like no other take a look at Cross Fell, highest point on The Pennines and surrounded by trails too.
Mountain Bike Journeys
There are several classic routes for mountain bikers which either cross The Lake District or complete a circuit of The National Park. Generally these routes have been put together by local riders for the mountain bike press or for tour groups who want to experience the best trails in the region, so they are not widely know. For many people the challenge of planning the route becomes part of the whole experience.