- Easiest bike route up Helvellyn
Don’t go up Helvellyn, it will kill you carrying a bike. Do the classic High Street route instead, you can ride for miles along the top of the mountain and the downhill is long and brilliant.
Email if you want to see the route we did last Sunday, with pics.
reedy at orchardhouse dot fsworld dot co dot ukPosted 6 years ago
A group of us are heading to Keswick this weekend and are planning on walking up Helvellyn via Striding Edge. However, I’ve done this before and my legs suffer with walking down hills so I’d rather take the mountain bike.Posted 6 years ago
Which route has the easiest accent where I’m more likely to be able to pedal rather than ‘hike a bike’?teamhurtmoreMember
Don’t want to be inflammatory but why not leave the bike at home and join the others walking up Helvellyn. I enjoy both mountaineering (in different forms) and mtb and have no desire to be exclusive…but there is something inside me that says mtb shouldn’t be on Helvellyn. Perhaps I am just a bit out-of-date but there are plenty of other places to ride in the Lakes. What’s the point of pushing a bike up. Better still, go and enjoy some of the more interesting scrambles in the region (Pinnacle Ridge, Browncove Crags etc) on foot and then mtb in other spots.Posted 6 years agoancMember
Yep your out of date you can if your fit enough, ride all of the zigzags on keppel cove which only leaves a 150m carry onto lower man. You can also ride all the dodds up. All the routes off are totally rideable dollywagon included. Brilliant mtbing fell, so long as the weather is right 😉 ie not much wind.Posted 6 years agoteamhurtmoreMember
Yep your out of date
I know, but I find it hard on the fells with my Sturmey Archer gears, so I put on my tweed breeches, dubbin my leather boots, fill my vaccuum flask, put it in my haversack and head off in a wooly bobble hat 😉
(Still prefer not to see bikes on Helvellyn though!!)Posted 6 years agoEcky-ThumpMember
Up – from Dockray, over Great Dodd, Watsons Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, Whiteside Bank, etc.Posted 6 years ago
Down – Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywagon and Grisedale Tarn. Above the tarn is a bit too stop/start because of the big water channels but the section from the Tarn down is about the best singletrack descent I’ve done in the area.bellaMember
Yep Team Huntmore is out of date. There are thousands of miles of footpath in the lakes (and elsewhere) which should be free of bikes. Many of the higher peaks of the lakes are bridleway free. It really is worth getting up high on the bike as long as you know what you are doing (ie would do the same route on foot)Posted 6 years agoexcitable1Member
[Up – from Dockray, over Great Dodd, Watsons Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, Whiteside Bank, etc.
Down – Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywagon and Grisedale Tarn. Above the tarn is a bit too stop/start because of the big water channels but the section from the Tarn down is about the best singletrack descent I’ve done in the area.]
I agree with Eckey-Thumb. I did this in July and was great and amazing buzz when you finish…. but be warned… the ascent to the Dodds will be piss wet through now and possibly un ridable (it was still very wet in July) and the Dolly Waggon trail is very techy, very steep and you need lot’s of skill to get down it, so it does depend on skill levels of the group.Posted 6 years ago
Thanks for the info all. I went up the zig zags from Keppel Cove and down Sticks Pass. It wasn’t the best day for it, rain and strong winds. On a dry still day most of the zig zags would be rideable. Sticks pass was ok but lots of rocky and washed out parts that had to be walked around so didn’t flow very well.Posted 6 years agoexcitable1Member
Well done. Tick it off the list, but next summer try the route up the Dodds and down the Dolly Wagon. I loved it, one of the best routes I’ve done this year. Great banter with a group of Yorkshire men who’d just done striding edge and nearly choked on their tea when they saw me on the bike, and I had a race with a fell runner coming down the Dolly Wagon. All came together that day….. and then the f-in rain came !Posted 6 years ago
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