All Mountain Bike Trails

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Here at Fat Tyres we have separated 'trails' from 'routes'. A mountain bike trail is a single section of track that has a start point and an end point and forms part of an entire route. Usually these are descents or notable sections of trail that we thought are worth pointing out. We hope you will find this section useful for concocting your own routes by matching up sections of trail, and we've included photos and videos where possible to help you decide.

If you are looking for an entire bike ride, see our mountain bike routes instead. Otherwise see our list of trails below. You can use the selection box below to filter them by area.

Into Bannerdale - the bridleway off Beda Fell into Bannerdale

This is a fast and fun piece of singletrack descent into the Bannerdale valley, near Ullswater in the Lake District.

Access the trail by climbing Boredale Hause from either Boredale, Patterdale or Hartsop. From Boredale Hause the trail climbs up and over Beda Fell and, after a short rocky section, the long natural singletrack trail into Bannerdale begins.

From there a short road blast gets you to Sandwick or Howtown, from where you can continue your adventure. Head either west along the famous Ullswater Lakeside route; or east along the road to Pooley Bridge and Roehead, giving access to the many Askham Fell routes, such as The Cockpit to Howtown descent.

Section of Birkett's Leap

This rockfest of a downhill technical bridleway, Birkett's Leap, descends between Grange Fell and Watendlath Fell in the Borrowdale area of the Lake District. The bridleway drops you down from Watendlath Tarn before it splits into two (the left fork preferred). Both routes lead to the road through Borrowdale, the left fork gets you to the quaint village of Rosthwaite.

Not for the faint hearted, this trail resulted in a shattered knee cap when I descended it on my cross country hardtail!

Footpath from Seatoller

This loose-surfaced yet fast descent from Castle Crag to Grange in Borrowdale in the Lake District has all the necessary components for adrenaline-fuelled epic fun. One of the two major descents that form the classic Borrowdale Bash route, this wide but rough trail down Broadslack Gill is usually the reward for climbing Honister Pass.

The gradient drops off in a downward direction where the trail passes below Castle Crag (which is well worth a visit - but is not accessible by bike). It then follows the gill for a blindingly fast descent down to the banks of the River Derwent. A left here brings you to Hollows Farm camp site and the quaint hamlet of Grange, via an easy double track.

George Gap Causeway

George Gap Causeway is a track that crosses Glaisdale Moor in the North York Moors National Park. It runs south-west to north-east starting at Dale Head Farm in Rosedale, climbing out of the valley across the dismantled mine railway then the road and then crossing the moor.

It ends just after a crossroads with Cut Road (a bridleway), before the track drops into the famous descent into Great Fryupdale.

Head of Great Fryupdale

This is one of the best descents in the North Yorks Moors. It is a steep, rocky descent with tight switchbacks and a near-vertical drop off one side. Probably the most technical descent in the North York Moors, this on is not for the faint-hearted!

It starts at the north-eastern end of George Gap Causeway and the edge of Glaisdale Moor and descends steeply into Great Fryupdale.

Loughrigg Terrace

The Loughrigg Terrace mountain bike trail flanks Loughrigg Fell and offers stunning views across Grasmere and Rydal Water in the heart of the English Lake District. The trail descends west to east starting from the minor B road close to Red Bank on the south side of Grasmere, and ending on the southern bank of Rydal Water.

Several route option are available. See our selection below, or alternatively just get out and explore!

Cyclists on the former Rosedale Railway

The Rosedale railway trail, as its name suggests, is a dismantled railway route in the valley of Rosedale in the North York Moors national park. The railway itself once serviced the mining industry in the valley.

The trail starts as a narrow path at the small car park at the top of Chimney Bank, near the village of Rosedale Abbey. Access is straight through the car park, heading north-west. You are immediately greeted with the first remnants of Rosedale's mining history.

Navigation is easy from here. Just follow the same path. Shortly it joins the main route of the old railway and Rosedale opens out to your right. After about 6km (4mi) of riding, the trail almost meets the road on Blakey Ridge, close to the Lion Inn. Keep to the trail from here as it continues northwards towards the head of the valley.

The trail becomes slightly less defined (by dismantled railway standards - it's still very easy to follow) as you reach the head of the valley where it curves round to the right to begin its return leg on the eastern flanks of Rosedale. Heading south-east now, in a rather curvy fashion, you are treated to yet more ruins of former mine buildings, including the railway controller's hut. These are all signed with some great history to be learned if you are interested.

Before the last of the mine buildings there is bridleway and exit opportunity to the north, a trail called George Gap Causeway that takes you across Glaisdale Moor to either join Cut Road, or drop into the great technical descent into Great Fryupdale.

Remaining on the railway trail, after the last of the mining remains, the trail peters out and ends as it joins Daleside Road where you can either continue your route, or return via Rosedale Abbey and Chimney Bank to the starting point.

Sticks Pass is a mountain pass in the Lake District. It passes from Glenridding in the east to Legburthwaite (near Thirlmere) in the west, and crosses the Helvellyn range at 745m (2,445ft), between the peaks of Raise and Stybarrow Dodd.

As an ascent it is probably best ridden east to west, being about 60-70% ridable in this direction. As a descent both directions offer fun singletrack riding, again, with the eastern side down to Glenridding being the best.

On clear days you will have fantastic views across both the Ullswater and Thirlmere valleys and beyond.

The Cockpit to Howtown descent with Ullswater providing the backdrop

This descent has been described as the finest piece of natural singletrack in England. It has everything from lakeside riding and luscious views across the Lake District to techinical singletrack and fun, rocky trails.

The trail starts at The Cockpit stone circle on Askham Fell and descends the northern flank of Barton Fell, with Ullswater ever-present in view. Several miles and a lot of fun later you will find yourself in Howtown on the banks of the lake. From this point you have several options, including a spin along the road to Pooley Bridge, the very technical and gnarly Ullswater lakeside route, and the valleys of Boredale and Bannerdale.

Bridleway above Ullswater

This section of bridleway hugs the southern bank of Ullswater in the Lake Distict, and it's famous as a superb technical funfest aswell as for the views across Ullswater. The route fills in the 6km (4mi) section between Sandwick and Patterdale.

Add this route to your to-do list because it's unmissable if you're a serious mountain biker, but beware of busy days. It's not recommended on a peak season weekend or bank holiday as it's very popular with walkers also who tend to take the steamer to Howtown and enjoy the walk back to Glenridding.