Forestry Commission logo

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

Good

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Got to be the best trail centre in England. From the swoopy blue outrun up the aptly named DOA and great high speed descents there is something for all styles of rider. The North loop is arguably even better but the initial ascent(25%!!) is ridiculously steep but great sense of achievement when you manage to "clean" a section. The final drop is at least as good as Llandegla. Great visitor centre shame that the power wash was broken and trail head showers would be a great addition a la Coed-Y-Brenin.

Fenners, 26/Jul/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Had a great day out, did the north and south loop. Me and some of the lads thoroughly enjoyed it. Will be making a visit or two again this year

Jim Tilley, 1/Jan/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic day, thank you! My son loved the Altura and I think the Seat How Summit Trail is the best forest trail going. Very atmospheric in the most today! Can also recommend the gingerbread in the cafe...

Hazel Walton, 11/Dec/2016
More user comments

Please tell us about your visit

Please email us at whinlatter@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

Email addresses will not be shown
"9ES"
 

Get the latest news, information & offers

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.

Location

OS Grid ref: NY209245
Postcode: CA12 5TW

Get directions

Contact

Recreation Ranger
01768 778469
whinlatter@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Related documents

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedenjoy England quality assured visitor attractionForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.