Quite techy int it? How does it compare to the beast? While i’ve got your attention, whats the better of the two descents from hollins cross (north side)? Done the one which heads west down to greenlands many times, which I love, but never the other towards backtor.. but which is best (in a Harry Hill styleee!)Posted 9 years agojimmySubscriber
If you’re doing one descent from the top down to Castleton, I always preferred going along Mam Tor Ridge then dropping down to the right. Also technical in places, but enough to be technical + fast, whereas Cavedale (which is good, don’t get me wrong) is just a slow rocky challenge with a grass slope afterwards. Actually, the lopey section before the top of Cavedale is nice, too thinking about it.
Aaah I miss the peaks.Posted 9 years agosharkiMember
Of course it’s worth it, very different kind of riding than the beast(which you can just roll or nail) cavedale needs a bit more commitment alot foresight and less silly low speed(else you’ll stall) it’s only a bit interesting for the first 80 metres or so, then it’s just a matter of letting go of the brakes and rolling through it.
Only done it the once so whether it changes much i don’t know, didn’t notice it being particulary slippery either.Posted 9 years agoandrewMember
Edale’s not a bad starting point: up Chapel Gate, along Rushup Edge (or any other route over Mam Tor so the right hand BW from Greenlands is viable). Cut across Windy Knoll, down the farm track to the top of Cave Dale (or what i think of it as being) Down Cave Dale. Hearty lunch in Castleton. Up Mam Tor. Down Mam Tor. Home.Posted 9 years ago
andrew – Member
Edale’s not a bad starting point: up Chapel Gate, along Rushup Edge (or any other route over Mam Tor so the right hand BW from Greenlands is viable). Cut across Windy Knoll, down the farm track to the top of Cave Dale (or what i think of it as being) Down Cave Dale. Hearty lunch in Castleton. Up Mam Tor. Down Mam Tor. Home.
Just had a look at the map, that does seem the best route. For longer/lighter days i think i’ll include Jacobs ladder also.Posted 9 years agogingerflashMember
I do it as part of a couple of loops but I wouldn’t say it’s worth going up just to come straight back down again.
I agree that it’s far harder than the Beast but in the dry it’s just about rideable. The section leading into it is pretty good fun and the grassy, bowl-like run-out certainly isn’t rubbish either. The central bedrock section is pretty damn tough though.Posted 9 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
what the others are saying – a real fun challnge – can be near impossible in wet at times – usually made worse over the summer/autumn – winter rain seems to ‘wash off’ some of the real slippertyness/mud mix that makes the middle section so damn slippy.
Definatley harder than the Beast, but slower, so less chance of a big ‘off’ IMHO.Posted 9 years ago
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