Mountain Biking around Staveley and Kentmere Area

Article submitted by James Kirby

Staveley is the entrance to the mecca of mountain biking in the Lake District. Hosting the cycle store Wheelbase for your bikes, accessories and maintenance. Also within the vecinity of Wheelbase is the popular Wilfs café where you can get Wilfs Rare Bit or a very tasty Veggie Burger, they also have Speciality Nights which specialise in tastes from around the globe.

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Riding up from Ings towards Kentmere.

Kentmere is were it all happens! There are many bridleways from Staveley leading to Kentmere. You can approach these routes from several directions. When your in Kentmere or Staveley you have a few options for some nice epic rides, whether your going over Garburn Pass to tackle High Street or over Longsleddale to ride up the Sadgill. If your just on your own or out for a short ride there are plenty of options, just take your pick!


Rider riding down to Kentmere Hall, from Style End.

Trails to the North:

  1. There are plenty of bridleways for you to make yourself happy for the day! Generally any above Staveley and Kentmere are decent and worth riding, you should be able to network many of them together to keep you riding for hours!
  2. Up past Kentmere is the nice Sadgill trail which can be done in reverse but you will probably take in the best riding from the Longsleddale side.
The Sagill trail, click for more a larger photo.

Trails to the East:

  1. If you're looking for open fells the fells those on the east side going from Staveley and Kentmere lead into the Longsleddale and Sadgill valleys.
  2. Again I should mention the Sadgill trail starts on the east side of Kentmere and is worth riding to take in the views of Haweswater and surrounding areas.
  3. There is a bridleway leading from Sadgill to near Kentmere that if taken in this direction provides a very challenging climb, which I (the editor) only know to have got furthest up, you will know it when you come to it! And from the top of that climb is a new fast downhill.
View of the Tongue, Troutbeck from Garburn Road.

Trails to the West:

  1. The best route in this area in Garburn Pass, the article goes into depth about the well known route. This trail can be approached from either the Kentmere or Troutbeck side.
  2. If your are up for a real epic you should try the High Street route, which is over twice as long as the Sadgill route, I (the editor) have not ridden this route fully, only to the top of Thornthwaite Crag from Troutbeck, but the singletrack is great and once your are at the top the views are good too!
  3. Plenty of great trails in all areas of Staveley and Kentmere, you should ride as many of them as you can!

Trails to the South:

  • There are not many trails to the south, but please look at the Kendal guide for some ideas.
  • Also look at the bar to the right for a few trails in this area!

Bike Hire and Shops:

Wheelbase, StaveleyWheelbase - Tel: 0870 600 3435 - Mill Yard, Staveley, Cumbria, LA8 9LR

Only 10mins off the M6 in the picturesque village of Staveley between Kendal and Windermere on the A591. Wheelbase has got some of the country's best mountain biking right from their base, at the foot of the Kentmere Valley, so head over, park up, pop into the shop, hit the trails and use their free bike wash, hot showers, and changing rooms on your return.

Opening Times:
Monday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm
Bank holidays 10am - 4pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day - open 362 days a year!

If your are heading over to Kendal:

Take a look at our guide to Kendal!


Riding up to Kentmere

Places of interest within Staveley:

  • SPINNOFF offer Lake District based, professional guiding for families, groups and individuals. All abilities are catered for. They can also arrange quality B&B accommodation, food and hydration, standard and premium bike hire.
  • If you are hungry go to the very popular Wilfs café and get a bite to eat of their amazing food! I suggest their veggie burgers with cheese, your taste buds will love it!
  • The Eagle and Child Inn offer top quality accommodation and are particularly proud of the excellent food they serve from their interesting and varied menu. They have a good selection of local ales and feature regular guest beers. Other features include the superb beer garden by the river, the tranquil gardens and terrace to the rear, and the Redmond Suite which can be booked for functions.
  • Hawkshead Brewery's new brewery at Staveley is now up and running and so is The Beer Hall, where you can taste the full range of Hawkshead beers.
  • Staveley Mill Yard is situated in the heart of the Lake District surrounded by beautiful scenery and is feet away from the bubbling river Kent. It contains a variety of small businesses and services catering for both visitors and locals.
  • Kendal Mountain Rescue - Providing a Voluntary Mountain Search and Rescue Service to - (S.Lakes, Kentmere & The Howgills)

Did you know?

Kentmere Hall is famous for its Pele tower (pronounced peel) a fortification used to guard against raiders from across the boarder in Scotland. Such towers were once fairly common in Cumbria and other north English counties but neglect and modern development have resulted in many disappearing. The tower has five-foot thick walls, tunnel-vaulted ceilings, a crenelated roof with turrets and a spiral staircase; all built out of local stone. The Hall was originally much bigger but much of it was destroyed during the English Civil War and only the tower and a small 14th century building attached to it now remain. - Excerpt taken from the Kentmere Wiki Article.

Find out more about Staveley and Kentmere:


Location / Getting to Staveley:

Location / Getting to Kentmere:

Mapping of the area:

All of the trails you will want to ride in the Lake District will be on the Ordnance Survey mapping. If you prefer other types of mapping please check out the Mapping of Cumbria article.

You can find the mapping for the Lake District below from amazon.co.uk:

The Lake District Mountain Biking - Essential Trails Guide by Vertebrate Graphic is a compact guide to the best mountain bike riding in the Lake District, exploring classic rides around Walna Scar, High Street and Borrowdale. And if your going to come and ride in the Lake District this is by far the best guide book around!


1 comment...

  1. GravatarGuest from Kentmere and Howgills said: January 26th, 2010
    Just a note to say we are also based around the south east lakes running mountain bike skills courses. So if anyone feels like they want to fine tune their skills a little then they can book a course with us www.mountainbikeskills.co.uk
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