- Lakes Must Do
Heading up to the lakes for a few days, south lakes below Grizedale Forest. I know these threads have been done many many times!
Was wanting to be quite ambitious and fit in some walking (Scarfell, Helvellyn Striding Edge) some Topper sailing (not sure where’s best), some biking (Skiddaw Ulllock Pike descent) and goes without saying some ale based refreshment. Gathered from other threads on here Garburn, Nan Bield is another popular ride.
What would you class as must do given a short stay?Posted 4 years agoTreksterSubscriber
The 4 passes in this months mag?
Anything from this list: http://www.pedalnorth.com/content/lake-district-mtb-routesPosted 4 years ago
I got the impression Skiddaw was better ridden than walked, more to the point the descent especially if your into biking!
@Nobeerinthefridge – Hmmmm riding Scarfell, now I’ve heard little mention of that! so assumed might be a better walk. I understand if you include Sprinkling Tarn, being the walk Julia Bradbury did on I think it was Countryfile (on PoopTube) it’s quite a lengthy romp out, anyway I take it you mean shooting off at Sprinkling rather than heading up to the summit.Posted 4 years ago
Grizedale and Parkamoor has to be done.
Inept video of 18 of us trying to ride it for a stag do*:
*Note: not all present were particularly experienced cyclists. As may be apparent. And even fewer were totally sober.Posted 4 years agomunrobikerMember
The descent of Ullock Pike is a cracker.
If that’s the sort of riding you are after then the Borrowdale Bash is a bit boring and unrewarding, but good if you get caught on a rainy day. The Garburn Pass low level ride is also good for a rainy day. I would look at the descents off Helvellyn with my preference being Dollywagon and Grisedale the best, then Birk Side and then Sticks Pass if you’re after something less technical.
Other goodies include Wharnscale and various amounts of cheek. Nan Beild out and back is excellent if you like mega tech, if not the gentler southern descent can be worked into a number of loops, via Garburn Pass, High Street and Ill Bell being my favourite. So long as you avoid the very dull Gatescarth you won’t go.wrong round there.Posted 4 years agoEcky-ThumpMember
Nobeerinthefridge – Member
How you get to angle tarn is irrelevant, shoulder the bike up and over to Sprinkling tarn and then ride the fun fest all the way down to stockley bridge.
That’s the cheeky alternative to the standard 4 passes route. It goes down Grains Gill, which is a whole load more technical than Styhead Gill.
Both are fantastic. Styhead flows better once you get past the boulderfield. Grains doesn’t flow the same but is a good technical challenge. I’ll take my hat off to anyone who clears Grains without a dab.
[Edit] If you want to extend 4 passes, start at Langdale and go up Rossett Gill, down Grains Gill, 4 Passes (well the three remaining passes) to Styhead, back down Rossett Gill to Langdale. That’s a BIG day out. [/Edit]Posted 4 years ago
Wow now that was some descent, tougher than expected, jezuz some bits were definitely hike not bike, really good fun though.
@ ir_bandito – Yeah the scree slope was a bit rum when completely cloud covered, very steep at the top, pictures & videos don’t do the scale of it justice!Posted 4 years ago
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