Betwixt Coniston and
Windermere is a land
that escapes some of the tourist hurly burly. Although Hawkshead
is rightly a honey-pot for visitors, just over the hills to the
south over a single track road that cannot easily accommodate
cars is a world that is ideal for families and mountain bike
The area is popular with mountain
bikers and in 2005 The North Face Mountain Bike Trail was started
at huge expense , a
At present Grizedale Forest attracts 200,000 visitors a year of which 25% of these are cyclists/mountain bikers and it is expected that this number will increase to 250,000 in two years because of this new development.
Dafydd Davies, Simon Williams
and Gerant Edwards of the Welsh purpose-built
Funded by the Forestry Commission
(FC), The North Face (TNF) and Rural Regeneration Cumbria (RRC)
it will contour round the forest travelling through deciduous
and coniferous woodlands. Both challenging and exhilarating the
majority of the trail will be narrow and twisty, though it will
be accessible to both keen The North Face Mountain Bike Trail
aims to emulate the success of the hugely popular trails in North
Curious wooden figures hide in the undergrowth!
Or on the hilltops.
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