Trail Centre Cycle Hire

Cyclewise Whinlatter Bike Hire

Take your adventure off road at a UK leading trail centre!

Hire Quality Hardtail, Full Suspension Mountain Bikes and Electric Bikes at Whinlatter Forest and ride amazing MTB trails at one of the UK’s leading trail centres.

Based at the Whinlatter Forest Trail Head, near Keswick, we are the perfect location from which to enjoy our 3 amazing graded mountain bike trails situated amidst a beautiful forest setting. We have a superb range of mountain bikes and electric bike to hire available for either 3 hours or the full day. Great fun for everyone whatever your biking ability.

Trail Information:

Updated 4:00pm 19/05/2022 – via Forestry England Whinlatter

Over the last few months areas of the forest have been closed due to forest operations and due to damage caused by recent storms.

The following trails are OPEN:

  • Quercus blue MTB trail
  • Altura North Loop red MTB trail
  • Gorse Cycle Trail

Unfortunately the Altura South red MTB trail is presently CLOSED due to essential forestry work. Please adhere to all closure and diversion signs to keep yourself and our team safe.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but we cannot guarantee that there will be anything available. We definitely recommend that you book in advance for weekends and holidays.

Yes, definitely! You are welcome to bring your own helmet, but we also have helmets that you can hire from us.

It is UK Law that you must be at least 14 years of age. More information can be found here.

This is proper mountain biking, with a lot of ascent, and variable weather conditions. The simplest route marked out on the trail map is the Gorse Trail, which is largely on surfaced forest roads. Although it still includes 1,100ft of ascent, so some degree of fitness is required.

There is very little reception around the forest. When it is present, it is very unreliable, so we recommend that you don’t rely on it.

The simple answer is yes. It is the hire person/s total responsibility for the safe custody and return of the bicycle, against any loss/damage howsoever caused, during the specific period of hire. Any damages incurred while the hired goods are in the care of the hirer must be paid. A faulty bike must be returned within 30 minutes of hire. After this, no refunds can be given.

For bookings more than 48 hours prior to the hire reservation: We can either move your booking to an alternative date or provide a refund less  2% card transaction fees

For bookings less than 48 hours prior to the hire reservation: We can move your booking to an alternative date. Unfortunately no refund is available.

For bookings impacted by Covid-19 government rulings: We can either move your booking to an alternative date or provide a refund less  2% card transaction fees.

Mountain Biking Information

Our trail head location at Whinlatter Forest Park, near Keswick in the Lake District, is the perfect place for a family day out. Whinlatter is home to the longest purpose built mountain bike trails in the Lake District and at 1000ft above sea level it is England’s only true mountain forest. As you can imagine the scenery and views you experience as you ride around the bike trails are breathtaking – Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater, Helvellyn and Skiddaw are just some of the highlights.

There are several trails at Whinlatter to suit all ages and abilities – The Gorse Trail, The Quercus Trail, and The Altura Trail – Trail Information

Cyclewise have a very friendly and helpful team of staff who are able to offer lots of advice about the trails and mountain biking in the area and they will look after you whatever your hire requirements. We are also able to offer Group MTB Hire With A Guide.

Other Information

Whinlatter Mountain Biking trail Map

The Bike Trails

Whinlatter Forest England

Whinlatter offers several graded cross-country singletrack trails and one forest road trail. All trails on site require a good standard of fitness due to the variable gradient of the terrain.

Click here for full details on the trails

Whinlatter Trail Map

Junior Biking

What To Wear & Bring?

Helmets are provided with every hire bike, although you are welcome to bring your own.

We recommend wearing trainers, sports clothing and dressing appropriate to the weather conditions.

A small rucksack is advisable so you can carry water, snacks and personal items.

Gloves are available to purchase in store, they are worth bringing if you have them, especially on chilly days.

Whinlatter Forest England

Whinlatter Facilities

Play Areas
Walking Trails
Running Trails
Adventure Activities
Picnic area
Dogs allowed
The main car park is on a ‘Pay on Exit’ system and is open 8.30am to 5.30pm. More details.


The Graded Trails

Blue Grade - Intermediate Trail

  • Blue grade trails are suitable for: intermediate cyclists or mountain bikers with basic off-road riding skills.
  • Gradients and technical trail features: most gradients are moderate but might include short steep sections. Includes small technical trail features (such as roots and rock).
  • Suggested fitness level: a good standard of fitness can help.

Red Grade - Difficult Trails

  • Red grade trails are suitable for: proficient mountain bikers with good off-roading skills.
  • Gradients or technical trail features: a wide range of climbs and descents of a challenging nature will be present. Expect boardwalks, berms, large rocks, medium steps, drop-offs, cambers and water crossings.
  • Suggested fitness level: a higher level of fitness and stamina is required.

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