Best descent in the Lakes area?
Not done Nan Bield yet – that’s on my list to try soon. Which Hellvelyn descent do you mean, down Dollywagon/Grisedale?
I like that Latrigg descent too (when free of walkers it’s fast as hell), is it called Spoony Green Lane?
Walna Scar is also great – I like long descents.Posted 8 years agoCapt. KronosSubscriber
I think the descent down Iron Keld would be one of my favourites – there isn’t any 1 thing about it that is “better” than anything else in the area, but there is a superb combination of fun, views, speed… and a couple of jars in the Drunken Duck before hand may have added to the memories 🙂
That’s a nice one through the Howgills though, not done that since the early 1990’s!
Another I love is coming over from Troutbeck to Ambleside – cannae remember the name, but that is a lovely bit of trail.Posted 8 years ago
I know it’s not strictly the Lakes but I did the descent from Bram Rigg Top down past Winder in the Howgills last night again, and it was bloody awesome – think it must be my favourite descent.
There’s still a few good looking ones in the Lakes I need to try – mainly Skiddaw.Posted 8 years agoGreen RoomMember
Nan Bield the other way is apparently quite exciting I have heard! Sticks pass to the mine and down to Glenridding is really good. Would add my vote for the section from Grisedale tarn down to Patterdale. Not so keen on Walna Scar it’s a bit dull really.
Garburn down to kentmere is a bit dull, over in a flash. Down to Troutbeck is awesome especially the bottom bit on a short travel bike riding like you stole it.
Would be nice to hear of any more out of the way descents, obscure stuff.
Do we post about <ahem> cheeky routes on here or is that not the done thing?Posted 8 years ago
Top of the calf through borrowdale in the howgills.
Bowderdale? Not been that way – the VG Guide describes it as very disappointing – I take it they are wrong then?
The best descents in the Lakes are definitely the cheeky ones.
I liked the bit from Grisedale Tarn on Hellvelyn, but the steps at the top spoilt it a bit for me.Posted 8 years agosnowslaveSubscriber
This is like that question about naming your top 5 fave songs – it makes my head explode trying to choose. So I’ll pick the last good one I did a couple of weeks back to stop my brain frying.
I reckon the downhill into Boot from Burnmoor Tarn was blimmin good fun – 2 of us did it v early morning, not a walker in sight. One of those does life get any better moments. I was grinning my face off at the end of that one.
The long bridleway into Seathwaite (Styhead Gyll?) is pretty good too.
Never done Nan Bield and that looks ace – we had to can our last attempt at that cos someone fell off big style beforehand forcing a re-plan etc. But’s it’s defo on the list of ones I think I must try.
I love riding in the lakes per se – it’s just brilliant for big days out pretty much all year round.Posted 8 years ago
We looped right round (avoiding the singletrack along the back of Boredale Hause. Started the descent across grass then faster down- brings you out next to some farm buildings- onto tarmac as you loop round then onto it proper- is that right Richyb? I dont know any names- I just follow!Posted 8 years agoSannySubscriber
A fine trail that is indeed.
Parkedtiger – agreed. It’s an absolute classic. I rode that the weekend before last. Absolutely outstanding with very few walkers compared to the main Bridleway.
Has anyone ridden on or around Haystacks and that area? What about Grisedale Pike to the west of Keswick?
SannyPosted 8 years agoparkedtigerMember
There’s two great descents heading off the top of Grisedale towards Whinlatter – Hobcarton End and ‘the other one’. Both well worth the shove up (although the next time I go up, I’m planning on riding up the South Loop of the Altura trail then just jump the fence).Posted 8 years ago
Sounds like you did an anti clockwise loop, pushing up from Side Farm, then down Boredale (or maybe Martindale) to Sandwick and then south along the lakeside (Ullswater on your right) to complete the loop. Its better IMO if you do it clockwise. From side farm head north along the lake side then pick up the top track which ends up with a great technical descent to silver point (as on pic above), then you follow the lakeshore to Sandwick, and loop round into Boredale, you then climb up the valley steadily (bit of hike a bike at the top) and finish with a great descent from Boredale Hause to Side Farm, some pics below. Makes a great short loop/night ride
Posted 8 years ago
Yep we had the lake on our right as we went along Ullswater singletrack. seemed faster-no pedalling for almost the whole way along- just carried the speed to climb up each ‘U’ in the trail 😀
will suggest we try your route next time tho as the above pics look mightily-tastey.Posted 8 years ago
RichyB, where is side farm on the amp, cant see it on streetmap?Posted 8 years ago
North of Rooking on that BW?
freeridenick – its the campsite marked on the right hand side of Ullswater here I believe.Posted 8 years ago
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