Good rides starting in Ambleside?
Hi chaps and chapesses,
Next month there’s a group of us travelling to the Lakes for a weekend of riding. Friday and Saturday’s routes are sorted (Whinlatter and Helvellyn since you asked) but due to a slight change in pland we’re staying in Ambleside, so not knowing the area very well I was wondering if anyone knows a decent ride that we could do straight from town (We’re staying in Ambleside Backpackers) on the Sunday.
I don’t want a huge great big epic as we’ll have done that the day before, but a nice scenic loop would be great, hopefully with a cafe in the middle, say around the 20k mark?
Any suggestions? Maps/GPS would be nice….Posted 9 years ago
Another vote for Garburn pass, Kentmere to drop in at Wilfs or Organico at Stavely… Alternatively there is a loop over Loughrigg that can be extended to Grasmere via Skelwith Bridge, over Claife Heights is also worth.
Inevitably you will end up in Biketreks, ask them as they have maps and loads of route advice, as well as loads of kit to rub yourself against….Posted 9 years agotwelveskiSubscriber
This is a great route if you take your time, with a couple of great descents and great views. Just try to avoid Loughrig Terrace at busy times of day. Make sure you do the Iron Keld loop by climbing the Byway and descending the bridleway otherwise you will climb on lovely singletrack and descend on wide tracks.Posted 9 years agoRichybMember
As above, do Loughrigg Terrace – Elterwater – Little Langdale – Hodge Close – Iron Keld – Colwith Woods – Skelwith Bridge – Loughrigg
Pub = Brittania at Elterwater
Or Jenkins Crag – Troutbeck – Longmire or Dubbs road – back down Garburn to Troutbeck back over via jenkins crag.
Pubs = Queens Head or Mortal Man at Troutbeck
You basically want route guides 1 or 2 from either biketreks or Ghylside cycles, plenty of options to chop and change the routes a little.Posted 9 years agoStu_NSubscriber
I’ll mail you my fav route from Ambleside tonight if I remember – will be Tracklogs format. Loads of good riding, this is the full “winter version” – all good riding surfaces apart from a wee bit after High Tibberthwaite which might be a short push. You’re never far from Ambleside so can shortcut at any point.
Basically start at Ambleside – Skelwith Fold – Drunken Duck – Knipe Fold on road, then Arnside – Hodge Close – High Tibberthwaire – Little Langdale – Elterwater – High Close – Loughrigg Terrace – Rydal Water – Ivy Crag – Skelwith Bridge – Ambleside.
One for the Ferrari two stop strategy – food at Britannia in Elterwater then cake at Chesters at Skelwith Bridge near the end. It’s all good.Posted 9 years ago
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