Got a few days in the Lakes in a couple of weeks and have really fancied riding Walna Scar. I know its been sanitised but that doesn't really bother me. Maybe its my mountaineering background but I fancy getting high up, with great views and long descents, even if easy.
So starting at Coniston I've come up with three options
1) As descibed in the VG book - Coniston - Torver (is there now a cycle path on the old railway??) - broughton forest - Stephenson Ground - River Lickle - Walna Scar - Coniston
2) As above but adding in Stephenson Ground down to Seathwaite. Get an extra descent (and it might be drier than the Lickle Valley) but a loooooong slog up to the pass
3) A bit different. Coniston - Brantwood -up Lawson Park to Grizedale - down Parkamoor (done that descent before, love it) - Blawith Fell - Torver - through the mines to the Walna Scar road - turn left up to the pass top - back down to Coniston. This adds an extra descent via Parkamoor and I've never riden Blawith Fell but as a purist it doesn't feel as good not crossing the pass! Am I overthinking this
What do people think of these routes? I've done similar distances/climbs in the Peak Distict and technically I'm happy with most of the Grizedale natural bridleways. Any advice gratefully recieved....