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    Mountain Biking Route


    Cumbria Tourism


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    CA13 9NH

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    Ever since mountain biking started in the Lake District the welcoming network of trails through Whinlatter Forest Park have been popular with riders. Recent developments with the construction of the Altura and Quercus Trails have turned it into a world class facility. The two trails offer over 26km of dedicated off-road riding, providing routes suitable for both expert and beginner. The trails start at the well-serviced Whinlatter Visitor Centre which is located on the road towards the top of the Whinlatter Pass.

    Lots of mountain bikers head to the forest park by car but if you are based in Cockermouth a much more pleasant approach is to cycle to Whinlatter Forest Park. The approach from Cockermouth takes advantage of part of National Cycle Route 71 following quiet lanes through neat Lakeland hamlets, a winding mountain pass and well-graded forest trails. The ride out and back is worth doing in its own right particularly if you are new to the area as you get to explore the lovely Lorton Vale and the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. Combined with the single track rides in Whinlatter Forest it makes an outstanding mountain bike adventure.

    Duration: 4 - 6 hours

    Miles: 19

    Detailed route information
    Time/Effort 3 out of 5
    Navigation 1 out of 5
    Technicality 1 out of 5
    Height gain/loss (metres) 910
    OS map OS Landranger 85 & 90, OS Explorer OL4



    Plan route to Cockermouth using TransportDirect.infoPlan route using

    Map reference: NY 123307  Lat: 54.66373 Long: -3.36114

    Leave M6 jct 40, proceed west to Cockermouth for 30 miles along A66. Regular bus service from Carlisle or Penrith. Regular bus service from Carlisle or Penrith.