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Grizdale Circular Mountain Bike Route

11 mile circular Mountain bike route split on/off road through Grizdale mountain trails.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 10.9 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  This is a nice route for those who like to go off road with an equal split of on/off road sections.

The circular route starts at the ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Starting Point

The route starts at the side of Lake Windermere with a steep up hill climb to Far Sawrey

2. End of a steep climb

The end of the steep climb from the side of the Lake towards Far Sawrey is rewarded with some beautiful scenery.

3. Road down in to Near Sawrey

Near Sawrey is famous for Hill Top, the 17th century farmhouse which was the home of Beatrix Potter. Many of the famous children's stories were created in this little house.
She bought Hill Top farm in 1905 from the proceeds of the sale of the first of her books about Peter Rabbit. The property is now a museum, owned and run by the National... More

4. Route out of Hawkshead

The bridleway which runs out of Hawkshead and up to the tracks in the Grizdale Forest starts at a small lane along the side of The Kings Arms Hotel.

Follow the lane past the hotel and under an arch with a sign reading "Minstrels Gallery Team Room"

5. A seat with a view

A place to take a break and admire the view.

6. Bridleway meets Grizdale Track

After a fair up hill climb the bridleway meets up with the smoother Grizdale track.

7. Red Mountain Bike Route

This is the start of the dedicated off road mountain bike route, which features a number of purpose built wooden bridge sections throughout the track.

8. Moor Top Car Park

Stay on the Red Mountain Bike Route until Moor Top Car Park

9. Forrest Track

The bridleway goes through some areas of thick forrest.

10. Animal sculpture

Grizdale Forrest is the home to many wooden animal sculptures.

11. Bridleway down

The bridleway back down from the Grizdale Track can be quite a challenge in places

12. Final bridleway

The last bridleway on the route is a smooth relatively flat track back to Cunsey

13. Final stretch

The final stretch of the route finishes on a quiet road along the side on Lake Windermere