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Setmurthy Woods and Common, near Cockermouth, is becoming something of a Mecca for mountain bikers.
The work of a dedicated group of enthusiasts, including Adam Stitt, owner of Cockermouth Bike shop, has turned a network of bike trails in the woods and on the common, between Cockermouth and Higham Hall, into one of the most challenging mountain bike courses in the county. Enthusiasts come from all over the UK to ride the course and to experience the thrills it has to offer.
The trail has been established for a number of years but recent improvements, aided and overseen by the Forestry Commission, have enhanced safety whilst retaining the network’s widely reputed high thrill factor. The course has something for riders at all levels from novice to experienced riders. The compact but varied and challenging downhill trail is often refered to as ‘Minileithen’, because of its similarity to Innerleithen trail at Glentress Forest. The extensive network of trails contain jumps, berms, rock gardens, drops and single tracks.
Setmurthy Downhill Trail is located in the Forestry Commission’s Setmurthy Woods, near Cockermouth. Access is easy and there is an off-road car park on the southern edge of the network.
A more extensive and extremely varied network of bike trails is available at nearby Whynlatter Forest http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-79yfhn home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. As well as the excitement of purpose-built features, the trails also offer fantatstic views of Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake, Helvelyn and Skiddaw as they take riders to 500m (1600ft) above Keswick. The trails were built by specialist, Hugh Clixby, well known for the construction of trails at Dalby in North Yorkshire and Cannock Forest in the West Midlands. The trails all start from Whinlatter Visitor Centre where there is also a Bike Shop and hire facility run by Cyclewise, with a cafe and a bike wash. There is a large pay-and-display car park.
The northern Cumbria CtoC (coast to coast) cycle-route passes through the parish at Routenbeck just before its junction with the southern route at the western shore of Bassenthwaite Lake.
Link to the Eden Valley CTC: http://www.edenvalleyctc.org.uk/
Link to the Derwent Valley Cycling Club: http://www.derwentvalleycc.webeden.co.uk/