The friend that I do most of my roadie riding with is incredibly fit on a bike, so the thought of trying to do this loop with her is a bit frightening. Hopefully it’s scary enough to get me off my fat arse, and on the bike again once the snow and ice clears up a bit.
I’ve done the bit from Tebay over to the head of Borrowdale – it’ll be a push for about 50% of the climb unless the surface has been improved dramatically as it was basically rubble at an angle of 25%! The last bit pulling out of Longsleddale will be a push as well.
If you intend pressing on towards Ambleside then there’s plenty of routes to the south of Garburn Pass towards Troutbeck then head round to Jenkin’s Crag.
The last bit pulling out of Longsleddale will be a push as well.
Yep, as soon as I’m in Longsleddale I know what’s coming up, it’s just the bit between the top of the Bowderdale loop and there that is a blank canvas. The only certainty is that I will go out of my way to avoid the Occupation Road. 🙂