Mountain Biking UK

THE LAKE DISTRICT

Formed by volcanic eruptions, tectonic action and glacial erosion in the last ice age, the Lake District’s landscape is striking, with its vast mountains, plunging valleys and numerous bodies of water. Despite the name, there’s actually only one lake here – Bassenthwaite. The rest are meres, waters, tarns or reservoirs. In the southern part of the National Park, a mix of mudstone, sandstone and limestone has been folded, faulted and eroded to create gentler scenery, alongside magma and granite outcrops that protrude from the ground in places. This unrivalled scenery means it attracts millions of visitors each year, and gets very busy at peak times. The good news is that the facilities have grown and improved alongside the area’s popularity.

Our easy and medium routes overlap one another. Sticking to the lower land around Ambleside, they take in the bright colours of the deciduous woods and the shelter of the coniferous plantations. With views of the surrounding rocky peaks and great flowing trails, they have the added benefit of greater safety and easy access to facilities

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