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Hawkshead

The North Face trail is a single track trail designed for experienced mountain bikers with better quality mountain bikes. Please be aware that this trail is not for tag-alongs or trailers bikes.

 

VistEngland VAQAS

Hawkshead

There are 8 waymarked walks and 5 waymarked cycle trails, plus the North Face trail, in the Grizedale Forest Park. Further information is available from the visitor centre where maps for all the trails can be purchased.

 

Coniston

This is the best way we can find to this well-known beauty spot by bike. Climbs up into Grizedale Forest on forest road where very fine views start to unfurl.

Cycle Route: Tarn Hows Circuit, Near Consiton

  • Access: X30 bus, X53 bus take 2 bikes each
  • Miles: 9
 

Cartmel

This short ride has a bit of everything- the delights of Cartmel with its Priory, lovely square and range of cafes, pubs and restaurants, a chance to walk to the end of Humphrey Head for spectacular views of Morecambe Bay...

Cycle Route: Cartmel-Flookburgh-Cartmel

  • Duration: 1.5-3 hours
  • Miles: 8
 

Ambleside

The fells just west of Ambleside are gentler than the higher fells and offer a good introduction to those new to the Lake District.

Walk Route: Ambleside - Elterwater

  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours
  • Miles: 5
 

Ambleside

As the A591 winds its way north from Ambleside to Keswick it passes close to the shores of Rydal Water and Grasmere offering glimpses of these two beautiful lakes.

Walk Route: Ambleside - Grasmere

  • Duration: 3 - 4 hours
  • Miles: 4
 

Ambleside

Claife Heights, an area of low fells lying west of Windermere, is an excellent venue for those new to mountain biking.

  • Duration: 3 - 4 hours
  • Miles: 19
 

Ambleside

The great peaks of Wetherlam, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes rise up like a fortress wall and fill the skyline with dark craggy crests.

Walk Route: Ambleside - Elterwater

  • Duration: 8 - 9 hours
  • Miles: 14
 

Ambleside

It's time to leave the Queens Hotel but day two is really quiet and restful taking in the old lanes and bridleways which weave in and out of all the interesting corners of Rydal, Grasmere, Loughrigg, Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater.

Walk Route: Ambleside - Elterwater

  • Duration: 4 - 5 hours
  • Miles: 7
 

Ambleside

The Fairfield Horseshoe is probably the most famous of the classic Lake District rounds - this classic walk takes in all the peaks that surround Rydal.

  • Duration: 5 - 6 hours
  • Miles: 11
 

Ambleside

Cutting deeply into the hills on the northern side of Ambleside, the wild and lonely valley of Scandale is a real surprise.

Walk Route: Ambleside - Sweden Bridge - Ambleside

  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours
  • Miles: 3
 

Ambleside

Discover the much loved, inspirational scenery of the central lakes with time to sit back and reflect with a pint of Jennings Real Ale!

Walk Route: Ambleside - Elterwater - Grasmere - Ambleside

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Miles: 30
 

Ambleside

You don't have to climb to the top of the highest peaks to experience the magical mixture of mountain and water that makes the Lake District so special.

Walk Route: Ambleside - Lily Tarn - Todd Crag - Ambleside

  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours
  • Miles: 3
 

Ambleside

Loughrigg Fell might not be the biggest peak in the Lake District but standing by the summit trig point you would hardy guess this.

  • Duration: 3 - 4 hours
  • Miles: 6
 

Ambleside

Secretly tucked away behind Ambleside is the high valley of Scandale.

  • Duration: 5 - 6 hours
  • Miles: 8
 

Ambleside

Between Ambleside and Coniston is an intricate network of low fells and twisting dales.

Cycle Route: Ambleside-Tarn Hows-Coniston-Hodge Close-Little Langdale-Elterwater-Ambleside

  • Duration: 2.5-4 hours
  • Miles: 19
 

Ambleside

This ride is one for toughies on mountain bikes.

Cycle Route: Ambleside-Clappersgate-Knipe Fold-Hodge Close-Elterwater-Skelwith Bridge-Ambleside

  • Duration: 2.5-4 hours
  • Miles: 19
 
 

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