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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

12 miles

Trail is currently open

There is a small (30m) way-marked diversion on the North loop and a short diversion at the end of the South loop to avoid some fallen trees.


Trail description


Supported by Zyro, makers of Altura Clothing and mountain bike products, The Altura Trail puts the mountain back into biking and has been built for experienced riders with good off road skills and a higher level of fitness and stamina.Through the forest on the Altura trail

The trail is a 19 kilometre red grade mountain bike route which includes 15 kilometres of single track. There are challenging single track sections and popular features like berms, jumps, rock features, skinnies, cork screws and table tops. There are also fantatsic views of Derwent water, Bassenthwaite, Helvelyn and Skiddaw as the trail takes the rider to an altitude of 500m (1600ft) above Keswick.

Trail Map

A trail map is available at the Whinlatter Visitor Centre or the Cyclewise Shop at the trail head. The map is also available to download via the link on the right hand side of this page.

Trail Videos

To get a virtual experience of the trail check out some great riders videos on Youtube and Vimeo

Trail conditions


What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic day out with some great downhill secriins

Peter bradbury, 1/Oct/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

went in the summer when it was dry, thoroughly enjoyed it, i especialy enjoyed the grand national. veiws are exelent

Brent, 22/Sep/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Brilliant trail centre! The climbs are tough and lung busting and the descents are fast and exhilarating. If it were closer, I would go every week. I have never seen so many incredible views at a trail centre.

Blue route is a good option too. My 7 year old found it challenging in sections but very much rideable.

Highly recommended.

Jonny P, 19/Aug/2016

Thank you, glad you're enjoying the trails. At least the fantastic views give you an excuse to stop and have a breather!

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Waymarked, with 200 metres height gain of climbing.
    This is a singletrack trail, with steep climbs, twisting turns,
    exhilarating descents involving berms, jumps and
    some technical black graded sections as an option.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NY209245
Postcode: CA12 5TW

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Recreation Ranger
01768 778469

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