Guidebook

Stunning Scenery with Plenty of Gnar: MTB Keswick

10 trails that will test your skills and take you to the most glorious parts of the Lake District.

Description

Keswick is the perfect base for outdoor adventurers, sitting between jutting mountain peaks and the glistening Derwentwater, right in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Riders can rise to the challenge of craggy mountain ridges and boggy fells on the many trails that surround this traditional market town.

As you’re more likely to have drizzling rain rather than blazing sunshine in the Lake District, it’s good to have an all-weather route up your sleeve. The Borrowdale Bash is a perfect loop starting in Keswick and taking you down the beautiful Borrowdale Valley. If you want a big day out and don't mind carrying bikes uphill for the reward of technically-challenging rocky descents, then try the Four Passes.

Sources
https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/
https://www.visitcumbria.com/kes/keswick/

Whinlatter Forest Altura Trail South Loop

Whinlatter Forest Altura Trail South Loop

6.3 km
208 m
207 m
A purpose-built fun singletrack trail that is slightly easier than the North Loop and would make a good progression for riders wanting to challenge themselves after conquering the Quercus Trail.
Difficult
Private
The Four Passes
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The Four Passes

27.2 km
1,375 m
1,349 m
A big day out for those that don't mind carrying bikes uphill for the reward of technically challenging rocky descents.
Extreme
Private
Whinlatter Forest Quercus Trail
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Whinlatter Forest Quercus Trail

6.6 km
231 m
229 m
A Forestry Commission purpose-built Mountain BIke Trail with plenty of flowing berms, rolling jumps, steady climbs and optional technical features.
Moderate
Private
Whinlatter Forest Altura Trail North Loop
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Whinlatter Forest Altura Trail North Loop

8.5 km
311 m
311 m
An exhilarating purpose-built singletrack trail with steep climbs, huge berms, jumps, fantastic descending and optional technical features.
Difficult
Private
Borrowdale Bash
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Borrowdale Bash

Lake District National Park
27.8 km
872 m
873 m
A popular all-weather loop from Keswick with great views of the beautiful Borrowdale valley and fun technical descents.
Difficult
Private
Skiddaw Up and Down
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Skiddaw Up and Down

Lake District National Park
7.8 km
856 m
19 m
A steep ride, carry and push from Keswick to the top of one of the highest legally rideable fells in the Lakes, followed by a fast, loose and wild descent back to town! Not for beginners!
Severe
Private
Back of Skiddaw
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Back of Skiddaw

Lake District National Park
17.3 km
456 m
328 m
A big wild-feeling loop which can be ridden in either direction from Keswick.
Difficult
Private
Lonscale Fell
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Lonscale Fell

Lake District National Park
17.3 km
474 m
473 m
A short but sweet loop from Keswick heading out to Threlkeld and back via some great singletrack skirting Lonscale Fell and a fast descent from Lattrig back into town.
Difficult
Private
Ennerdale

Ennerdale

11.0 km
260 m
206 m
A pleasant easier ride that takes you into the heart of the Mountains and back on forest roads through the beautiful Ennerdale Valley.
Easy
Private
Floutern Tarn and Loweswater

Floutern Tarn and Loweswater

6.6 km
337 m
621 m
A quiet ride away from the busier parts of the Lakes, taking in the little-known track over Floutern Pass and gentle trails above the lovely Loweswater.
Difficult
Private