Got a couple of days riding in the lakes planned as part of a longer holiday. Some trail advice please.
I want to do Sticks Pass down from Helvellyn. I've done Helvellyn before - up Keppel Cove, down Dollywaggon/Grisedale. What's a sensible route to get up there from Patterdale, without doing Keppel Cove again? How rideable is Grisedale (I know the Dollywaggon steps will be hike-a-bike, but I'd rather not be pushing the entire way)?
A loop from Langdale. Most of the routes suggest Stake Pass, Styhead, Rossett Ghyll. Now I remember Rossett Ghyll as being a full on b@st@rd from years ago walking it, so how nasty is it on a bike (decent rider, but on my own, so nothing too death defying!) and having ridden down Styhead, it feels like it'll be a solid hike to get up it. The alternative is to do Stake Pass then come back over Greenup Gill, but I can't find much info about riding that compared to other routes - most seem to suggest that it's a really bad idea - is it *that* bad...?
(The last time I was in the Lakes I did the 4 passes epic on my own - Fleetwith Pike, Scarth Gap, Blacksail, Styhead quite happily, so that's the kind of level I'm looking for)