A new mountain bike
route has been opened in the Grizedale Forest, the first purpose-built black downhill run in the national park.
Created by volunteers from Grizedale Mountain Bike
Club and backed by the Forestry Commission, the route has been created through work taking place since last summer, with the latter organisations lending help through its mechanical equipment for digging and lifting.
"We already have a strong reputation within the sport as being a great destination for mountain biking and this trail offers something different to the trails already in the forest," said Forestry Commission recreation ranger for the forest Katie Jarvis.
She noted that the forest is now able to supply mountain biking for all ages and abilities, from the 16km red trail to a network of family friendly cycle routes.
Grizedale Forest is one of two in the Lake District with mountain biking, with the Whinlatter Forest offering the Altura and Quercus trails.