- helvellyn descent route
So… the final question before I leave saturday.
Planning on Borrowdale bash and Helvellyn, but am not sure on which descent to take down helvellyn. Did whiteside hiking once and was all steps, so i’m guessing the more northern path to glenridding? I want technical, speed, views, air and few people! So basically the ultimate descent…
cheersPosted 5 years agodirtydogMember
I agree it’s technical but most riders will struggle to get down the zig zags.
I did it a couple of years ago and had to walk most of that section, Danny Mcaskill would struggle.
For the benefit of the OP here’s a video I found on you tube of the zig zags.
As usual the video doesn’t do it justice.Posted 5 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
See yesterday’s thread:
Stick’s Pass is your best bet.Posted 5 years agoads678Subscriber
Well I thought the descents off the top towards Raise were fairly technical, well maybe not technical but steep and rocky, then theres a nice fast swooping section then the zig zags dwon to the YHA are very loose rocky and not for the faint hearted or the very knackered!!Posted 5 years ago
Seen it done with I think 3 moments of not riding, I reckon I stepped over 6/7 of the tighter corner/drainage ditch combos!! Top end of tech for the area though guy I was riding with was good!
Though it was still worth it without that section the stuff to the top and below were fantastic (OK below was fairly tough too)
The OP did ask for Technical!!Posted 5 years agodirtydogMember
I don’t mind admitting that I didn’t do much better, I managed to do a whole 100-150 metres of that section without having a dab. I suppose with practice most of it could be cleared, my only consolation being 99.999999999% riders would not get down cleanly.
We followed the Bogtrotters “Helveln anti clockwise” route http://www.bogtrotters.org/route/showrouteframe.php?route=24 and rode up from Glenridding via Matterdale Common, Great Dodd, Little Dodd etc and where expecting a scree like path not rock steps.
I suspect this particular route might be better if done in a clockwise direction.
Out of interest has anyone managed to clear it?Posted 5 years agoGaVgAsMember
I did the Grisedale Tarn Bridleway (below Dollywagon)a few weeks and its very washed out at the moment,its usually a brilliant descent.
Climbing via Great Dodd and along the tops is always my preference if you want a rambler free trail,the sticks pass or keppel cove descents are great at the moment and very dry..Posted 5 years ago
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