Where to ride

If you’re thinking of coming to the Lake District to go Mountain Biking, chances are you’ll at least visit Ambleside.

It is a great start and endpoint for a ride because of its abundance of outdoor shops and cafes.

I’ve ridden plenty of routes in the Lake District from Whinlatter, a man-made trail centre, to classics such as The Borrowdale Bash.

But this was all new trails to me.

Starting in Skelwith Bridge

My starting point was a holiday cottage just outside of Skelwith bridge but most will start from Ambleside.

There were plenty of options to extend this route or make it shorter along the way but below is the route I took…

A map of a mountain biking route from Ambleside

How hard?

If I’m honest, it wasn’t super-hard. There some tough climbs and a few really nice technical descents but nothing that scared me or had me scouting lines before I dropped in.

And that is fine. With the weather having been as bad as it was (i.e rain all week), I wasn’t up for climbing any of the really big mountains. I also didn’t want to have any navigation issues so much of what I rode was bridleway.

The route was about 16miles and brought no end of gorgeous views and fun trails.

One section I would avoid purely because of it’s popularity is the edge of Rydal water. I’m sure if you skirted a bit higher than the water’s edge you’d avoid some of the crowds but it just isn’t worth riding during the holidays imo.

To get a better feeling of how the day went, see the video below!