Whinlatter puts the mountain into mountain biking, making full use of its landscape to offer some fantastic trails. The red graded Altura trail was opened in 2009 and is already a classic. The north and south loop together provide 19km of adrenaline pumping riding. The blue Quercus trail is 7.5km and is ideal for intermediate bikers wanting to test their skills.
The north loop of the Altura trail and the Quercus trail start just behind Cyclewise, the onsite bike shop,with the south loop start over the road where the other two end. The beauty of the trails layout is that you can mix and match your choice of routes on each visit - try the Quercus trail followed by the Altura south loop for lots of variety of features and terrain.
Cyclewise offers bike hire, bike skills coaching and bike sales. Visit the Cyclewise website for full details. They'll also be happy to give you advice on the trails and there's a bike wash facility by the shop for those wet and muddy days (there are a few in the Lake District!).
Trail conditions and any diversions or closures will be posted on our trail ticker update (see top of page)
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For more details on the trails click below.
Supported by Zyro, makers of Altura Clothing and distributors of other mountain bike products, the Altura Trail 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 mountain bike route which includes 15 kilometres of new single track. There are challenging single track sections and it’s packed full of features, with berms, jumps, rock features, skinnies, cork screws and table tops. There are also fantastic views of Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite, Helvellyn and Skiddaw as the trail takes the rider to an altitude of 500m (1600ft) above Keswick.
This fantastic blue grade route is 7.5km long with a shorter 3.5 km option and is a gem waiting to be discovered. Expect flowing single track with gentle berms, rolling jumps and wide gradual climbs with technical features for the adventurous riders. It’s great for intermediate riders to test out their skills and gain confidence for the more technical features.
The trail starts downhill with sweeping intricate bends requiring hardly any peddling, then climbs up and bends and twists its way until riders came face to face with the Big Wall, a double banked bend within the forest. After climbing up through oak woodland, the trail crosses a bridge and into the darker conifer forest. The trail finishes with the hollow sound of a raised boardwalk over a bog and through the forest.
The Quercus Trail is named after the Latin for Oak (Quercus Petraea) because the furthest loop of the trail runs through the Masmill Oak Woodland.
Help maintain the trails – join the volunteer mountain bike trail checking and maintenance team, part of the Friend of Whinlatter group. For more info visit our volunteering page.
Trail maps can be downloaded from our downloads area here.