Lake District black grade mountain bike trail opens

The first black grade mountain bike trail is to open in the Lake District.

Built by volunteers, the 0.62 mile (1km) route twists and turns through the trees of Grizedale Forest, in south Cumbria.

Mountain bike trails are graded by colour in a similar way to ski runs - green, blue, red and black - with black being the most difficult.

Construction, much of it by hand due to the steep gradients on the trail, began earlier in the year.

Paul Noble, who helped build and design the new route said: "It was impossible, because it was so steep, to actually use machines all the way around this trail. So consequently it was built by hand and volunteers."

The new route is in addition to the existing trails at Grizedale.

Katie Jarvis, a recreational ranger with the Forestry Commission, said that the new route should bring some more mountain bikers to the area and be great for local businesses.

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