- Grizedale > Coniston Descents
Afternoon. I’m going to be in the Lakes in a few weeks and will be based in Coniston but will most likely get out and around Grizedale, Breasty Haw etc a couple of times. Just wondering what the best descents are from Grizedale down towards the north end of Coniston so I can have a quick spin along the road back to the house…
CheersPosted 5 years ago
Theres the Lawson park one to low bank ground which is alrite. There’s another to low bank ground which is alrite. If you go left then right at lawson park, there’s another that’ll bring you out in a carpark about quarter of a mile before brantwood. Guess you could do parkamoor aswell, but you’ll have to ride on the raod by the lake for about 8 miles to get to coniston. Not that bad though!Posted 5 years ago
Is the BW to/from Bank Ground the best way to climb up into Grizedale too?
No other options of getting down? Any better descents running down towards the Coniston > Ambleside main road? Had a look at the Parkamoor descent but that looks like a serious slog on the road back to Coniston!Posted 5 years agojohnellisonMember
Any better descents running down towards the Coniston > Ambleside main road?
IIRC Grizedale Forest only runs as far North as Hawkshead Bank on the B5285 which runs roughly West-East from Coniston to Hawkshead Courthouse.
Assuming by the “Coniston to Ambleside” road you mean the A593 between Coniston and Skelwith Bridge then no, there aren’t. Not legit ones anyway.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Off the top of my head if you eneter the woods from the south on a kind of 4x4track/bridleway at the top of the hill then there’s 2 bridleway options on the left about half a mile in. Can’t remember which is which, but one is a brilliant rooty track. Then it all opens up to more normal bridleway stuff.Posted 5 years agogoyawaveMember
]Parkamoor/Nibthwaite is my favourite descent in the UK.
That’s quite a claim. Do you mean this route:
I have been planning to ride this route for a while but was sick as a dog for the whole time I was in the lakes at Easter!Posted 5 years agoBigJohnSubscriber
That route looks like it climbs, not descends. All I know is we tend to use the North face Trail for ascending and traversing. When you get to the ridge overlooking Coniston, ride it towards the south end of the lake and then you get to the steep rocky thing that might be an old track, might be a stream, and ride it all the way down to the road at the bottom.Posted 5 years ago
Cheers all but back now!
Didn’t do as much riding as I’d hoped but got a quick lap of the NFT in and then a longer ride doing the best bits of the NFT, the ace BW which starts above Coniston and ends above the visitor centre (near the end of the new DH run) and then over Satterthwaite, Breasty Haw etc before coming back and aiming for the Fox, missing and coming down through the Grizedale sculpture walk thing. Lucky it was late and there was nobody around!Posted 5 years ago
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