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Our mountain bike routes across the north of England are spread across four popular mountain biking areas. To view the routes, choose from the areas below and click on the link.

Derwent Water in the Evening Sunlight

The Lake District National Park in the mountainous north-west corner of England offers some of the country’s most stunning scenery and endless mountain bike trails for all levels.

Some of the Lakes’ best riding is to be had at high altitude on the mountain ridges, but the problem with these routes is getting up there in the first place, so a good level of fitness is a must. These rocky peaks offer a good mix of fast single-track and technical rock sections, just take the descent of Lower Man for example, or the trials-like bridleway that descends to the south of Dollywaggon Pike to Grisedale Tarn.

For the less energetic riders, don’t worry, there’s plenty of great riding at low level in the valleys and by the lakes. There’s always something special about a slow summer’s afternoon amble around one of the area’s lakes and tarns, or for the more technically-inclined there’s plenty of gnarly stuff too, try the Ullswater lakeside bridleway for example

But the main appeal of the Lake District is the scenery; nothing can beat the feeling of being atop a mountain with a 360 degree vista of nothing but mountains and water, with views as far as Scotland on a clear day and no sign of civilisation in any direction. There’s only you, your bike and 900m plus of pure downhill pleasure. Enjoy!

The North York Moors National Park is one of Yorkshire's two national parks. These moors are one of the largest expanses of moorland in the world and are criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways making them a mecca for walkers and mountain bikers alike.

The moors are bordered by the Cleveland escarpment in the north and west and the impressive sea cliffs and coast in the east. There's a real wealth of terrain to get your tyres stuck into. Some areas offer great technical riding for the more advanced riders while some, such as the dismantled railway around the whitby area offer steady flat riding for beginners.

Moors riding can vary massively with the weather. These exposed trails soon become damp and soft in wet weather, but they also dry quickly. A slight downpour can make going difficult and slow, but after a period of dry weather you could be kicking up dust whilst hurtling down the same trails. Either way, when visibility is good, you know you're going to be rewarded with sweeping panoramic scenery, vast areas of purple moorland, punctuated with rocky crags and dry-stone walls. All of this is accessible via a network of trails, many of which are made up of perfect moorland singletrack.

The highest point on the North York Moors is Urra Moor at 454m above sea level, but don't let this fool you into thinking there aren't any big ascents or descent because you'd be wrong - some of the climbs are brutal and some of the descents are epic, but this isn't typical. Most rides involve shorter, more regular, ascents and descents, and this certainly makes it easier, meaning you'll find yourself doing longer and longer rides.

In a nutshell, there's something on offer for everyone. But don't just take our word for it, have a look at some of the routes in this section:

Dunstanburgh Castle

Picturesque and remote, Northumberland offers the mountain biker something not really available elsewhere in England.

Muker Flower Meadow

The Yorkshire Dales, sometimes referred to as The Dales, is the largest of Yorkshire's two national parks. As you can imagine this means a huge wealth of mountain bike routes are available in the area.

The Dales is predominantly a collection of river valleys, eroded into limestone rocks in previous glacial times. Green pastures and dry-stone walls with sheep and cattle grazing are most characteristic of the area.

We have the following routes in The Dales, so get out there and explore and discover!