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!