Sunday, April 13, 2014

Whinlatter Mountain Biking

Grisedale Pike from the trail

We tried something a bit different today, mountain biking at Whinlatter Forest.  Whinlatter is only about 20 minutes from home, we've done lots of running there but never explored the biking trails.  Bike hire is £25 for the day, or you can pay more for a full suspension bike.  There is a blue trail (quite easy) and two red trails (quite hard) with bits of black trail on them (harder).  We did a loop and a half of the blue and then both reds.  I was surprised at how good it was.  There is a lot of technical uphill winding routes on the red courses and then some nice flowy downhill bits.  All in all we did just over 16 miles.  Whinlatter is a popular place, the ospreys have just returned so I imagine that a lot of people were there to see them on the big screen in the visitor centre but there were also a lot of bikers.

I think I want a mountain bike.

Jonathan on the blue trail - very easy technically but some climbing involved

me on the blue trail

over Keswick to Skiddaw group behind

route map

non-vegan refuelling 

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