Ullswater mountain bike GPS route download Lake District

It’s not grim ‘oop north.

We’re here to tell you that the Lakes is still one of the finest destinations for riding in the whole of the UK and here’s our pick of the best Lake District mountain bike routes.

In comparison to the Lake District, the rest of England looks like a collection of small, grassy mounds. If you want some proper gradient then the Lakes is the place for you.

The Lake District delivers what a certain variety of rider likes to call ‘proper mountain biking’. A ride will undoubtedly feature a section of hike-a-biking, deep bogs will sap your speed and the only hint of flow you’ll find will be when the steep, rocky trail turns into a river under your wheels.

That doesn’t mean it isn’t fun though. The Lake District will test your skills to breaking point. There’s no hint of manicured, artificial trails here just you vs the mountain.

Stake Pass is brutal, intimidating, and downright hard, Stake Pass is also rewarding, fun to ride (when you’re not pushing) and achingly beautiful.

Grizedale, in the Lakes, is more than just a great trail centre: go off-piste and there's an amazing web of natural singletrack you can work…

warnscale pass

Fancy tackling Warnscale Pass - one of the Lake District's toughest descents? Just download our free route here, from the December 2012 issue.

Download the free GPS route for this all-weather classic near Ambleside

Ride the Wasdale, Lake District route from the March issue of mbr magazine.