I'm up in the lakes for 3 day next week, one of which I'll spend walking.
I've got 3 routes earmarked, but any comments on ground conditions/route choice/ease of navigation would be handy!
Staveley, up the Dubbs Road, drop down to HighStreet, then do the cheeky link around Mardale Ill Bell to the top of Nan Bield. Attempt (!) to ride down to Haweswater, then lug back up and ride back down to Staveley. I've done the standard Garburn/Nan Bield route before, teh only bit I don't know is High Street/cheeky bit.
Helvellyn from Wythburn Comb Crags/Birk Side, then down DollyWaggon (yes I know about the steps), then down Great Tongue to Grasmere. I've done Dollywaggon both ways before, but don't know any of the other trails on the W. side of Helvellyn.
Rossett Ghyll/Styhead/Langstrath/Stake Pass. I know Styhead and bits of Esk Hause. I've waled Rossett Ghyll decades ago.
I'm aware that all 3 routes are evil bastards in places and yes I'm expecting a fair amount of carrying. Weather forecast doesn't look *too* bad, but I'd rather avoid tramping up to my knees in featureless bog, or having to push down utterly unrideable descents (I do like my techy riding) if possible.