- Whinlatter altura trail… worth 2.5hr journey to ride??
I love it, favourite trail centre at the moment but I wouldn’t say it’s particularly technical. I’d say it’s strength is the way it flows. Both loops are quite similar – big climb to the top, along the top and then zig zag your way down. Each loop takes me (pretty average rider) an hour.
I drive from Manchester so it’s a similar travel time to you and I like it. Last time I did Grizedale in the am, Whinlatter in the pm to try and make it worth the trip.Posted 9 years agoPotdogSubscriber
As rockitman says. Nice ride but not what I would call technical. Drove up there from Leeds in Jan and had a good day out. Especially the soup in the cafe afterwards, that was most welcome after riding on the ice down from the top of the 2nd loop!
Give it a go, it’s a day out riding so even if it’s not your favourite trail ever, it’s still better than sitting at home.Posted 9 years agotraildogMember
I’ve not ridden it yet, but I was up there on the road bike this weekend so it gave me a chance to have a look at what has been done. I very much doubt there are rocky drop offs etc from what I saw. I’m going to go ride it but only when I’m staying up there and doing plenty of other riding in the area. Probably doing it as either a rest day or including it in a bigger ride.
Do you mean 2.5hours driving total there and back or do you mean 2.5hours just to get there to ride, so a total of 5 hours in the car? I’d have to say that it’s no way it or any trail is worth that amount of driving if it’s just a day trip. That’s a days driving with a few hours biking thrown in to make you feel good about yourself.Posted 9 years agoportercloughMember
south loop wasn’t open when I was up there in sep, but have to say the final descent of the north loop was superb fun (on a hired hard tail and despite my hangover from wedding reception night before)
whether it’s worth a long trip if you’re not in the area anyway I don’t know, but if you’re going up to the lakes in any case give it a go
2nd potdog’s soup recommendation!Posted 9 years agoancMember
I very much doubt there are rocky drop offs etc from what I saw.
Can think of 3 offhand, but they are all optional. One gets ridden very rarely, the dropoff right at the end of the second black grade section on the north loop. The other 2 are easy’ish, first section of black on the north side. Theres also a nice rock to jump off towards the end of the first section of the north downhill.Posted 9 years ago
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