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Level: Advanced
Length: 26 mi (41.8 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,106/ -1,102 ft
Total: 6 riders

Mountain Biking Sam Houghton Circuit

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#48 of 98 mountain bike trails in England
#7,964 in the world

There is a well supported race held on this circuit each year. It has a reputation as a bit of a killer.

The Sam Houghton circuit combines numerous bridal ways (old pack horse trails) that climb over the local fells (hills) offering stupendous views over the Lake District including Lake Windermere.

This is a strenuous ride with over 1300m of altitude gain on trails that are often rocky, rough, steep and sometimes treacherous. It features a really gnarly rock garden. You'll earn your drink at Wilf's cafe...

We rode it in the opposite direction to the race. There are dozens of gates on the circuit and almost all will need opening and then closing...

First added by Jim Cummings on Oct 3, 2015. Last updated Apr 23, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Best place to start this circuit is at the Wheelbase Cycles shop, Staveley. There is lots of parking there and a cafe to restock in after the ride...
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  • Jim Cummings

    This is a very scenic ride on a clear fine day. But you'll have to stop to take in the views - you won't want to take your eyes off the bumpy trail when you're on the move.
    It's a ride you do for the views, the serenity and for fitness and the challenge rather than the fun - you won't find jumps, flowing berms, rollers, pops and so on. There are plenty of challenging rock gardens. You will be able to get some speed up on some of the downhill sections but more often you won't get a lot of flow. There are no purpose built mountain biking sections on the circuit. It's mainly on bridal ways but does follow some back country roads as it crosses the valleys between the hills.

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