With so many quiet lanes and off road tracks in the area Hawkshead is an ideal place to mountain bike. We can offer advice on routes starting from the house for all abilities, both nearby and as far afield as Langdale and back.
In addition routes and information can be found at the Grizedale Forest visitors centre, which also has mountain bike hire. The forest offers routes for everyone, and being traffic free with easy gradients it will suit all the family. Trailers and tag along bikes are also available for hire to young children. Apart from the way-marked routes, you can access other forest roads as well as the public bridleways that cross the forest.
The B4 network is also available, allowing you to leave your car at Windermere or Coniston and take your bike on the Mountain Goat Bus and boat to Grizedale.
For the competent rider the highlight will be the ‘North Face’ mountain bike trail, a purpose built trail 10 miles long, with 6 miles of new single track.
There is access direct to the forest trails from the Bridleway at the side of Walker Ground Manor. (About 2km to the forest roads, as well as the beginning of the North Face track.) So you don’t even have to load up the car to enjoy a day’s mountain biking.
We have facilities for bike storage, with a workshop area, and there is easy bike cleaning using our natural stream. Clothes drying facilities are available.