Grizedale or Whinlatter?

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  • Grizedale or Whinlatter?
  • robgclarkson
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    whinlatter by a long shot.. if it’s a trail centre venture you’re planning, if you’re going “wild” then there’s a fantastic natural loop at grizedale

    Premier Icon bungalistic
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    Whinlatter is the better trail centre I think but there’s tons of great bridleways to be found in Grizedale Forest, there’s a couple of route maps and gpx files available of them.

    Premier Icon crispo
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    Yep got to be Whinlatter if you are just doing the trail centre. It’s much fun, and even the blue route is a very enjoyable little warm up!

    Premier Icon smett72
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    I’d pick the Whinlatter trails over ‘The North Face’ in Grizedale any day.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Does one of the five of you have a GPS? If so, get iron Keld and loughrigg terrace loop loaded up as a gpx, kicks the baws of both those trail centres, no driving, starts and finishes in Ambleside. Job done.

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    Whinlatter for trail centre stuff

    Grizdale good for natural stuff

    Loads of rides out of Ambleside in wanting/needing natural. Pop in to Biketraks for one of their abbreviated local area classics route maps.

    or fill yer boots from here 😀

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    Nobeerinthefridge – Member
    Does one of the five of you have a GPS? If so, get iron Keld and loughrigg terrace loop loaded up as a gpx, kicks the baws of both those trail centres, no driving, starts and finishes in Ambleside. Job done.

    Something along the lines of this 😆
    http://www.bogtrotters.org/route/showrouteframe.php?route=27

    rascal
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    We’re doing a big walk on the Sat too so nothing TOO strenuous.
    22 miles and 4000ft of climbing might hurt the next day 😉

    Whinlatter’s looking like the fave at the mo, which would have been our preferred option anyway I think.
    Cheers all.

    jaffejoffer
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    you’re going for a weekend you can easily do both. as has been said tho; if you know, or with someone who knows their way about a bit, Grizdale is better you can link the trail with some really great off piste stuff.

    rascal
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    5 bikers on a walky/bikey weekend in 2 weeks.
    Staying at Ambleside travelling from Midlands so Grizedale is more naturally on the way.
    Not ridden either for a long time – which one is best these days?
    Time will be a factor which rules out route finding/natural rides.

    Cheers

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    Ambleside, Jenkyns Crag, Dubbs Rd, Kentmere to Staveley is not too hard on the legs. Coffee and cake at Wilfs or the brewery. Then a wander round Wheelbase and back again 💡

    number18
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    It depends on what they like.

    Whinlatter is far better in my opinion, it’s one of my favourite trail centres actually. Great scenery on a clear day and some great riding. I was bored at Grizedale.

    I may even be at Whinlatter on Saturday.

    rascal
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    I’ve done plenty of ‘au naturel’ in the Lakes and would be up for it then from Ambleside but a few of the gang will prefer Whinlatter. TBH I can see the attraction as it is good point-and-shoot fun where you don’t have to think about where to turn and consult a map every 2 minutes – I suppose you get more smiles for your miles when time (and effort) will need to be considered.

    rascal
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    How long does it take to get around the North and South loops of Whinlatter?
    I don’t mean how fast in a willy-waving sort of way…I mean 5 non-XC whippets enjoying it without busting a gut? Trying to work out what time we need to start to get back to the trail centre before it’s dark. Cheers

    johnnygooner
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    I’m certainley no XC whippet less so my bike and I get round everything including the blue trail in about 2:15 I’d recommend doing the blue first just as warm up almost and with a couple of fun descents it helps get your eye in as it were

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    The blue is a great warm up!

    Last time we did both reds and the blue twice in 2 1/2 hours (actually moving) factor in a bit more for lunch and a wee rest at the top of the climbs!

    rascal
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    So a 1pm start and back for 5 should be infinitely do-able…excellent 😛

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Whinlatter great fun, 1/2 day ride. Grizedale bit longer if you do the easy to find off piste loop.

    number18
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    We tend to do 45mins each loop, if we’re doing them both twice then will probably be 3hrs 15ish overall.

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    number18 wrote:

    We tend to do 45mins each loop, if we’re doing them both twice then will probably be 3hrs 15ish overall.

    thats a good pace, I’d allow a chunk longer for a group of 5 especially if you want to have a chat on the way

    rascal
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    Lakes weekend done.
    How bloody good is the decent on the Whinlatter south red loop?
    5 very big grins at the end of that one 😀

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