Best mountain biking trails in Ambleside, Cumbria

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Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Ambleside with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of mountain biking trails in Ambleside, Cumbria
Top trails (12)
#1 - Loughrigg Fell Circular
Moss Rigg Wood
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 3 m
Enjoy this 12km trail around Loughrigg Fell, it's amazing park and nature all around. There are many activities and amazing views, a great place to disconnect and enjoy with friends and family. The route is suitable for dogs in some parts and there are great views of the lakes and surrounding mountains. The climb to the peak is not too hard and well worth the effort.Show more
#2 - Ambleside and Troutbeck via Wansfell
Lake District National Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 15 m
Ambleside is the start of many a fine walk and consequently it has one of the highest concentrations of outdoor gear shops anywhere in the country! This walk over Wansfell Pike to Troutbeck and return via Skelghyll is justifiably one of the most popular. Done clockwise it is steep on the ascent and gentle on the descent. Leaving town by the lane behind the Salutation Hotel the Stockghyll Waterfalls can be visited. A lower footbridge can be crossed to the northern side, returning via a higher bridge to resume the walk up the lane. Even after rain this is virtually a dry route on account of the maintenance of the paths to cope with the wear and tear by the many feet. Wansfell Pike is a fine viewpoint over Windermere and to the more distant fells of Coniston. The Mortal Man pub lies in the linear village of Troutbeck along which are three "wells/drinking troughs" dedicated to St. Margaret, St. James and St. John. Lunch was taken at the 'Pillar' in a field alongside Robin Lane. Views of Windermere continue along the tracks to Skelghyll and Jenkins Crag. In Skelghyll Woods is 'The Grand Fir', which stands 58m (190ft) high. It was planted in 1860 and has been crowned 'The Tallest Tree in Cumbria', 'The Tallest Grand Fir in England' and is in the top six tallest trees in England. To compare - Nelson's Column is 169ft. The return is via the delights of Waterhead, Borrans Park and Galava Roman Fort. The Rothay is crossed at a footbridge dedicated to the memory of Bronwen Nixon who was the owner of the Rothey Manor Hotel and who was murdered by a chief at the hotel on January 9th 1986.Show more
#3 - Rydal Water Circular
Moss Rigg Wood
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
A circular walk from the village of Rydal in the Lake District, Cumbria. The walking route performs a loop around Rydal Water, a small lake covering an area of a third of a square kilometre. Rydal Water may be one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District, however what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in sheer beauty as it sits glistening at the foot of Loughrigg Fell. This area inspired much of Wordsworth's poetry and you will pass his former home. The lake is supplied and drained by the River Rothay, which flows from Grasmere upstream and towards Windermere downstream. You will enjoy beautiful woodlands, lakeside views and follow a stretch of the old coffin road plus Loughrigg Terrace, one of the most beautiful half-miles in lakeland. The walk includes a few climbs and descents throughout, with a couple of steep sections but nothing too long. The total ascent is only around 150 metres. If follows stretches of well-made stone paths and tracks for the most part. You will need to negotiate several gates and footbridges but there are no stiles. You will come across grazing sheep and there are two road crossings that need care.Show more
#4 - Loughrigg Fell and River Rothay Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
#5 - The Vale of Rydal Circular Walk
Ambleside, Cumbria, England
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Length: 11.9 mi
A mountain bike route that takes in the beautiful scenery around the Lakes of Rydal Water and Grassmere. The route is fairly easy with a mixture of road and off road sections.Show more
#6 - Grizdale Mountain Bike Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 10.8 mi
This is a nice mountain bike route for those who like to go off road with an equal split of on/off road sections. The loop starts at the Windermere Ferry, goes through Near and Far Sawrey to Hawshead. From there, it climbs via a fairly steep bridleway to the mountain bike tracks through the Grizdale Forrest. Some of the off road sections can be challenging but this is a very scenic route and the challenge is well rewarded by the stunning views.Show more
#7 - Claiffe Heights, Windermere Circular Walk
Lake District National Park
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Length: 10.8 mi
A cycle route loop around the picturesque area of Claife Heights, Windermere. The route is fairly easy with a couple of relatively short steep uphill sections followed by reasonable downhill stretches. The route passes some beautiful historic places such as Hill Top and visits the popular village of Hawshead (Good place for an ice cream), then finishes with a 4 mile quiet section along the side of Lake Windermere.Show more
#8 - Grizedale Unplugged
Lake District National Park
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Length: 18.5 mi
#9 - Coniston Lake Circular Walk
Lake District National Park
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Length: 23.0 mi
Loop ride starting at Far Sawrey through Graythwaite, Rusland, Oxen Park, Nibthwaite, Brantwood, Hawkshead Hill, Hawkshead, Hill Top and Near Sawrey. The route passes some very famous landmarks including Brantwood and Hill Top, the home of the famous Betrix Potter.Show more
#10 - Ambleside
Lake District National Park
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Length: 14.8 mi
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