Whinlatter Forest Park Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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Grin Factor
Level of fun had, or to be had
Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
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Whinlatter
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
Grand places, some great local trails too.

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Good Points
Bike shop, cafe.
Trails great.
Easy access
Bad Points
Done it dozens of times, it would be nice to introduce some new sections.
Would you recommend?
Yes
A
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Whinlatter Altura red
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Haven't tried blue route but wife and kids love it.

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Good Points
North and south loops start from trail centre so can have a break between them. Both similar in being climb to top via fire road and singletrack then descend in one go. Both brilliant fun, well made and have jaw dropping views. About 5 miles long each, climbs are hard enough. Good cafe and bike shop.
Bad Points
None really.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Great trail centre
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
All good - go there and enjoy :)

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Good Points
Great variety of features on the trails - a real mix of rocky/foresty/open hillside/jumps/tough climbs/the whole lot. Plenty of height in gained, so a good workout and plenty of fun in the descents. Good choice of trails - Blue, north & south Red loop and any combination of them (incl. the local favourite, the 'Purple': most of the Blue, followed by the south Red loop). Awesome views, great cafe and Cyclewise bike shop right next to the car park. Enjoy.
Bad Points
Hmm trail always has puddles on it, so your feet are going to get wet, even in dry weather, but hey, it's called the Lake District for a reason. Car parking isn't cheap, but the money goes back into the facilities and you don't pay anything to ride the trails, so suck it up ;)
Would you recommend?
Yes
MH
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Whinlatter
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
Great trails, plenty of variety, well maintained and spectacular views. Plenty of challenging sections and some fast downhill sections.... Just remember you need to go up to come down!
Good facilities, toilets, café and a quality bike shop...
Bad Points
A dedicated downhill section would be good, nothing too extreme just a quick blast with some jumps..
Would you recommend?
Yes
D
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Local gem
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
Great variety of trails, and when you get to know the fire road sections you, if you are short of time you can really mix and match your favourite parts of the trails! The blue is great for skill development - the first trail I ever rode! It is also still great fun as an experienced rider when ridden at speed. South loop is easier than the North red loop, so if trying red for the first time I'd recommend doing South first. There is now only one fire road climb on the North loop, that takes less than ten minutes. The rest of the trail is a mix of slate, roots and mud. Technical areas appear amongst swoopy areas to keep you on your toes. It just ticks every box. The South loop has a new start section so you are only following fire road for two minutes - look out for the new sign taking you off to the right before it directs you left onto some new singletrack littered with technical features that connects you up to the beginning of the original singletrack climb. That trail was built by volunteers using the funds from the car parking!
Bad Points
None .
Would you recommend?
Yes
R
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Altura trail (North & South)
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
superb trail had me grinning from ear to ear. A tough slog uphill for 2 or 3 miles but soon over with a mix of interesting switchback uphill single track with a bit of an uphill fire road slog on I think the North loop. However, the pay off is epic, with down hill swooping single track pretty much all the way down with a few jumps and rooty drop offs along the way. The views are some of the best I have had the privellage to ride in and the trail allows a great rest stop in the middle so you can recharge your batteries bedfore flying around the other loop. I love this trail and for me the best trail in England!
Bad Points
bit of a fire road slog on (I think) the North loop uphill - this could change to be a bit more interesting
Would you recommend?
Yes
PR
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Excellent Mountain biking trails .
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
Excellent for mountain biking . Love riding here one of my favourite places . The guys in the hire shop go out of their way for you . one of the best trails I've done .
Bad Points
none that come to mind .
Would you recommend?
Yes
SF
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Whinlatter
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Whinlatter was the first place I tried mountain biking so it has to be a big yes for skills development as I go back a couple of times a year and it still tests me and leaves me grinning!

This is a great addition to the Borrowdale Bash natural route if you have legs left for it at the end of the day!

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Good Points
The mixture of red and blue trails make it ideal for experienced and novice bikers alike. This is the first place a tried mountain biking and the hire bike was good value for money and allowed me to tackle the trails with ease.

As my riding has progressed I love the challenge of the north and south face red loops - the climbs can be punishing at times but you are rewarded on the downs!
Bad Points
None that I can think of.
Would you recommend?
Yes
First ever ride at Whinlatter
M
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Winlatter
(Updated: December 12, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Rode both the north and south loops and some of the blue on a day trip to the lakes and was really impressed with the trails.
I had been advised that to avoid the high car parking charges to park at one of the free forestry commission carparks down the hill from the main trail head and pick up the blue trail to get to the start of the red trails and then at the end of the ride pick the blue up again to take me back to the car and this worked out great.
Both the north and south loops are basically one big climb followed by one descent with some really nice features added in.
Given its position close to Keswick it does get busy but I never really noticed that when out on the trails.
This is one of those trails where its worth taking a few pics as you go around as there is some awesome scenery to be seen.

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Good Points
Great facilities
varied trails
Bad Points
none I can think of
Would you recommend?
Yes
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The Blue Quercus and the Red Altura South and North Loops.
(Updated: October 04, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
The centre has great facilities from a decent cafe, bike shop and toilets. We headed off on the Blue Quercus first which is a really well designed trail to ease beginners into mountain biking. It's flowing with a well surfaced wide track and has a good number of sweeping berms. There is no killer up either to demotivate new riders and the forest terrain makes for a protective ride from the wind that can get quite harsh in these parts. Some of the up switchbacks offer an additional technical succession of rock slab options which are fun and quite tricky in places. There is also some very wide raised do-able wooden platforms sections (shore) which I think adds a great thrill for all. This is also not just for beginners but a fun warm up loop for riders of all abilities and despite a few puddles is a real blast.

Next we did the Altura South Loop. This definitely takes it up a notch with a killer climb that snakes its way up the mountain side. The great news is we are really talking that great old fashioned one big up and one big down type of mountain biking. The down starts off quite rocky and technical with a number of very rocky sections and little drops to navigate. It's fun but you need to keep your wits about you. The final turn of this section is super, super tight. After this first section of technical descending you hit a super long fast, flowing, berms and roller coaster of a descent that will leave you grinning. Final descent is again fun with some more shore and rock and wooden steps to navigate.

The next day we did the same again and threw in the North loop also. Again I l loved it. The North Loop is another big up and big down but a bit longer than the South Loop. The up of the north has more forest cover than the south and more fun bits and a technical feel which makes it more of a challenge and it also has some intermittent flatter sections with little drops and roots sections to give you a breather. The down is incredible. Rocky, rooty, little drops, bigger drops, twisty sections that lead you straight into drops and then ends on another grintastic rollercoaster of a flowing, jump laden descent similar to the final section of the south but I think a little faster and just slightly better. In my opinion the best trail centre trail in England.

User Review

Good Points
- amazing epic location
- trails with the right mix of technical to flowing terrain
- it's easy to mix and match the different sections of trails here.
- technical ups to make it more interesting.
Bad Points
- car park is yes maybe just a little pricey but you can see they are investing the money back into the trails and that don't come free and as they more than deliver on grin factor I'm not quibbling.
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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