Quercus Bike Trail: 


Between 2 miles and 4.6 miles, dependent on the route taken.

Why we love this trail 

This is a perfect starter route for those just beginning their mountain bike journey. With gentle corners, gradual climbs and manageable descents this is a great taster of mountain biking. With it being so close to Whinlatter Visitor Centre there are plenty of facilities on hand – we always love a route that also offers toilets, a cafe and a play park!

Please note it is recommended children are 7 years or older to enjoy this trail. You will need a reasonable amount of skill and fitness. 


There is a pay on exit car park at Whinlatter Forest. Postcode: CA12 5TW.

 Quercus Bike Trail start point.

Gradual climbs.

Follow the blue waymarkers.

The Route:

The Whinlatter bike trails are part of Forestry England North and can be found at Whinlatter Forest which offers many facilities such as a car park, well maintained walking routes, a cafe, toilets, gift shop, bike hire and much more.

The Quercus Trail: this blue moderate trail begins near Cyclewise, just down from Whinlatter visitor centre. The newly built blue trail is perfect for those just beginning their mountain bike journey. Please note bikers will need reasonable fitness and basic off road skills to complete the track. With singletrack trails, gentle corners, rolling jumps and gradual climbs I am sure you will love this track! Follow the blue waymarkers to find your way around this trail, the route itself is between 2 miles and 4.6miles long. You are able to opt for the shorter route if preferred. Please click here to view the map of all of the bike trails Whinlatter Forest offers.

For those in need of bikes you are able to hire mountain bikes for a reasonable charge at the Cyclewise shop just down from the Whinlatter visitor centre. Please note you must be 120cm to hire these bikes. Click here to be redirected to their booking service.

Overall this is a perfect place to begin your forest rider journey! As it is situated in the heart of Whinlatter Forest there are also plenty of walks for the younger members of your family to discover and explore while the older ones are away biking. We have previously reviewed two walks that are perfect for the little legs of the family:

  • The Superworm Trail, which can be found here. 
  • The Revelin Moss Trail, which can be found here.

This walk is part of the Forestry England Woodland Walks. Whinlatter is a working forest and therefore some trails can be closed at times due to forest operations, or damage caused by recent storms. For all up to date information on the trails at Whinlatter please access the Forestry England website here.

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