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Borrowdale Bash advice
I wouldn't bother with the footpath that leads passed Dock Tarn and down Lingy End, you'll mainly be carrying or pushing the bike. The steep stepped section down Lingy End is very very difficult to ride.
The usual Watendlath to Rosthwaite descent (or right through Frith Wood) is much more fun.
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Many thanks to ir_bandito for the GPX file. We did the ride yesterday and to be honest im fairly aching today! It took us about 5 hours although there were plenty of rest stops and pictures taken etc.
I hadnt really spent any time comparing ir_bandito's route with the 'official' route but on refection it is massively changed to avoid a huge amount of road riding. We were a little taken aback by just how long it took - after all its only 18 miles or so! Its also pretty tough going in places!
Some really enjoyable bits and some that i wouldnt bother with again - the ride along the river to Watendlath being the main one.
All in all a very good days riding which certainly shouldnt be underestimated!
Great ride eh? 18 miles in five hours is pretty good going Lakes-wise I reckon.
Last Lakes ride I did we covered 12 miles in six or seven hours riding Gatesgarth & Nan Bield.
I've only tried the river section once in the 10 or so times I've done the Borrowdale Bash and came to the same conclusion as you. I guess you have to be pretty fit and have excellent bike skills to make it worth while. I just seemed to end up carrying my bike a lot of the time. However, I tried the Walla Crag start last outing and that is definiteley worth doing along with the Frith Wood diversion.
Another very worthwhile section of trail to add in is going up over the bridleway from little town and up cat bells. Then drop down east to the lakeside again. Great descent, but can be bloody busy.
Bookmarked this thread a few weeks ago. We're looking to ride Borrowdale this weekend. Will Walla Crag be worth including or will it be too muddy and best avoided?
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