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  • Premier Icon lowey
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    Camp at Coniston Old Hall.

    Pubs in Torver and Coniston (Crown, Black Bull, Yewdale) and the Ship Inn just at the site entrance, all easily rideable.

    As for routes…
    Day 1 Torver, Broughton Forest, Stephenson Ground, Dunnerdale and back over Walna Scar,
    Day 2 Little Langdale, Iron Keld, High Close, Parkamoorm Nibthwaite and back by the lake.
    Day 3 Coniston, Lawson Park 2, Parkamoor, Satterthwaite, Breasty Haw, Devils Gallop, Fox Climb, Moot Top, Last descent of the NFT to the VC, CLimb NFT and Descend Lawson Park 1 and back to coniston.

    All washed down with copious amounts of ale from aforementioned excellent ale houses.

    scruff
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    Coniston or Hawkshead. Both have campsites, pubs etc & more trails than you can ride.

    Premier Icon Andy
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    lowey – Member
    Camp at Coniston Old Hall.

    Pubs in Torver and Coniston (Crown, Black Bull, Yewdale) and the Ship Inn just at the site entrance, all easily rideable.

    As for routes…
    Day 1 Torver, Broughton Forest, Stephenson Ground, Dunnerdale and back over Walna Scar,

    BoJo I have done this on Loweys advice before – great route – dont miss the last little bit of bridleway down to the road (turn right at the carpark). Think I have the GPX somewhere

    Premier Icon boltonjon
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    Hi guys

    I’m heading up to the Lakes this weekend for the first time and i’m after peoples suggestions for the best place to base ourselves for 3 days

    We’re looking to do some pretty epic all day rides with some very rewarding rocky downhills

    Ideally, we’d like to camp, so any suggestions on an ideal village with a decent pub nearby and good access to the types of trails i’m after would be welcome

    Additionally, any good suggestions on some trails would be welcome

    I’m awaiting delivery of a MTB guide book of the area, so will look to link it all together when i get there

    Thanks

    Premier Icon tomaso
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    National Trust campsite at Wray is lovely.

    d45yth
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    I would have said you would be better staying in Ambleside or Keswick. Both the 3 Passes and the 4 Passes would be good rides to do. Then you do something around Grizedale area too.
    Have a look on these threads for more info (both on here):
    One
    Two

    emmodd
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    I rode the 3 passes the other week and it was tough going. i’d suggest only do it if you have a good forecast. We got caught in two torrential thunder/lightening storms and ended up wading through deep water on lots of the ups and downs. What should have taken 5-7 hours took 9. On a lighter note, finished with big smiles on our faces and would go back and do it again!

    We rode Grizedale on the Sunday and having done so, have decided when we next go to base ourselves in Hawkshead.

    d45yth
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    We’re looking to do some pretty epic all day rides with some very rewarding rocky downhills.

    Emmodd – I was basing my suggestions on this.

    emmodd
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    LOL. Should have checked the links 🙂

    jekkyl
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    +1 keswick, been many times, love the place, all sorts of riding about, Skiddaw, Whinlatter, borrowdale bash, helvellyn. Also has plenty of pubs and restaurants.

    erny
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    +1 for loweys routes

    Premier Icon monkeysfeet
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    Patterdale is nice, some great cycling around the area and a few campsites. Got an OS map and do some exploring.

    justatheory
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    Sykeside next to Brotherswater, near Patterdale, it’s a nice site and you’ve got Helvellyn and High St nearby, Whinlatter and Skiddaw are a short drive away.

    Premier Icon monkeysfeet
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    High street is great, up through and the return, lakeside bridle path is the best in the area.

    Premier Icon Trekster
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    Aye, another +1 for Loweys routes, classics….should read Moor Top not Moot Top 🙂

    d45yth
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    monkeysfeet – lakeside bridle path is the best in the area.

    Except on a sunny day when the kids are off school.

    grum
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    Lowey wins the thread

    Premier Icon monkeysfeet
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    I have a few mates who live around the Whitehaven area and I am constantly amazed at the fact that all they ride is Whinlatter. The area has some amazing natural riding.

    Oh, and if anyone does go to the Whinlatter the car park is actually free, NOT a pay to stay. A friend works for Allerdale CC and the local taxpayers fund the car park, the way the signs are worded make it sound like a pay/display, not one of my pals actually pay. You can get a ticket slapped on your windscreen but again, the way it is worded sounds like a fine…but its not.
    It is/ should be a voluntary contribution…..spread the word.

    Premier Icon TomB
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    Alternatively, put your hand in your pocket and contribute to the maintenance and new build of the trails you’re there to enjoy, or ride up. It’s a FC car park and those trails didn’t build themselves. Annual pass £40 suits me, but I’m probably there 25+ times a year what with kids loving the awesome new play area too.

    Premier Icon billyboy
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    What LOWEY says

    Premier Icon boltonjon
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    Cheers guys – some great advice – much appreciated!

    Premier Icon tomaso
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    If you want a free starter guide to Lakeland routes try the saintly trogbotters websh!te

    Premier Icon mirage
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    Round Keswick area is best

    Ullock Pike
    Borrowdale Bash
    Walna Scar Road (check this one though as part of it might have been resurfaced since I last did it also it’s a bit vague at the top and easy to loose the trail)

    General advice; some of he riding will scare the pants off you and it WILL piss it down.

    Have fun and I may see you up there as 12 of us are up there this weekend too

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