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Hawkshead Mountain Biking in the Lake District



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Cycling and Mountain Biking around Hawkshead

Mountain biking in the Lake District is a joy. With an abundance of bridleways, quiet lanes and accessible forest, the area around Hawkshead offers varied and interesting mountain biking.

There are routes to suite all ages and abilities. You can choose to ride locally, or even get as far afield as Langdale. Check out the local Ordinance Survey (Explorer OL7) map for the possibilities.

The nearby Grizedale Forest Park offers a perfect environment for safe off road riding for children of all ages. There is biking for everyone, from the technical to the fun, with every kind of bike…yes that includes the municle (the mountain biking unicycle).
Maps and information about the trails are available from the Visitor Centre at Grizedale.


Lake District Mountain Biking - Guide Book by Chris Gore & Richard Staton
ISBN 0-9548131-8-9
Mountain Bike Guide – by Jeremy Ashcroft
ISBN 0-948153-13-X

Useful Links:


Bike Hire/Spares/Repairs:

Grizedale Mountain Bikes, Visitors Centre, Grizedale Forest Park
Bike Treks, Ambleside
Ghyllside Cycle Shop, Ambleside
Wheelbase, Staveley
Country Lanes, Railway Station, Windermere

Bike Transport:

Cross-lakes shuttle bus


Lake District Mountain biking to suite all ages and abilities

Local Rides

Here is selection of walks, which you might find of interest:

Hawkshead Classic

A long varied and interesting ride, with some technical descents, which explores forest and tracks around Hawkshead.

Claife Round

A varied ride through forest and over Claife Heights, with some technical sections – great views.

Esthwaite Round

A short, level, ride on quiet country lanes around Esthwaite Water.

Grizedale Forest Park

From the technical, purpose built North Face trail, to the  children’s cycle orienteering ‘Mushroom Trail’, there are superb off road routes to suite all ages and abilities in Grizedale.

Windermere Shoreline
A circular route with no technical difficulties, which takes you round Claife Heights, and follows the lake shoreline part of the way. There are picnic spots at the lake edge.


Yewdale & Tilberthwaite Experience

Explore beyond Tarn Hows on a great combination of bridleways, green lanes, forest roads and tarmac.

(Please note: we do not accept any responsibility for errors or changes in the route described – an up to date Ordnance Survey map should always be used in conjunction with the route description)



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