Walna Scar mountain bike trail

Coniston car park, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8EH

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Mountain Biking at Natty Bridge © Eikzilla

Mountain Biking at Natty Bridge

Quarryman's Shelter © Sam Stalker

Quarryman's Shelter

Walna Scar Road © Richard Fox

Walna Scar Road

 © Richard Fox

Route overview

This is a great route through mixed terrain and a range of technical grades. The route will be enjoyed by most bikers looking for peace and quiet, fantastic views of the fells and some good downhill action.

Route details

Start: Coniston car park, grid ref: SD302976

  1. From Coniston SD 302976, turn left onto the A593 and continue to Torver SD 284942.

  2. From Torver SD 284942 continue on the A593 for approx 1 mile and then take the right hand turn SD 272935 up Hummer Lane.

  3. Continue on Hummer Lane for approx 1 mile until you reach the forest.

  4. Turn right onto Bridleway SD 258932 and follow to Water Yeat Bridge over the River Lickle SD 239930.

  5. From Water Yeat Bridge continue on the road to Stephenson Ground SD 235932 and turn Right onto bridleway following the river upstream past Natty Bridge.

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    Riding the trail at Natty Bridge.

    Mountain Biking at Natty Bridge © Eikzilla
  6. Continue on bridleway for approx 2 miles to the junction with Walna Scar Road SD 250963.

    Show/HideQuarryman's shelter

    Quarryman's shelter at the top of Walna Scar. The shelter is, as Wainwright describes it, is 'big enough for one person, or a honeymoon couple'.

    Quarryman's Shelter © Sam Stalker
  7. Turn right at SD 250963 onto Walna Scar Road.

    Show/HideWalna Scar Road

    You will see at this point 'what goes up must come down' as you view the descent back to Coniston.

    Walna Scar Road © Richard Fox
  8. Follow Walna Scar Road and its rocky decent for 2 miles approx and take the Left hand fork SD 278965 back towards Coniston.

  9. At the end of the bridleway SD289971, go straight ahead onto road to Dixon Ground and continue to the junction of the A593.

  10. Turn left onto A593 back to Coniston.

  11. trails::Map

     © Richard Fox

End: Coniston car park, grid ref: SD302976

  • Trail: Cycling
  • Grade: Hard
  • Distance: 11.5 miles (18.5km)
  • Time: 3 hrs (minimum)
  • OS Map: OS The English Lakes South-Western area OL6
  • Terrain:

    A high mountain pass on rocky bridleway, forest tracks, and some grassy boggy sections thrown in. This is a moderate/challenging route, which involves a good level of fitness and technical skills. Depending on weather conditions the route takes 3 hours at the very least.

  • How to get here:

    By bus: Stagecoach in Cumbria no 554/555/556 from Kendal to Ambleside or Keswick to Ambleside. Stagecoach no 505 from Ambleside to Coniston

    By train: Transpennine express from Kendal to Windermere

    By car:
    From the south M6 Junction 36, A590 west then onto the A591 to Plumgarth roundabout, continue on the A591 towards Ambleside, then take the A593 West to Coniston

    From the north take the A591 from Keswick to Ambleside and follow signs for Coniston