- Nan Bield
Want to head out of Staveley this weekend so was hoping to do Nan Bield pass.
Now what’s the best way to do it from Staveley. My options are ride up the high road to Stavely Head Fell then across to Sadgill that way. Or head up the Kent valley, go up the bridleway on the west of the valley then cut back down and over Stile End. When I was up there last year the bridleway was a right mess, was being redone.
Then once I’m up Gatesharth do I drop down to Haweswater and then back up or do I nip across Harter Fell?
Have heard a few thoughts previous so looking for what people think, obviously taking recent conditions into account.
ThanksPosted 3 years agobungalisticSubscriber
The ride down Nan Bield will be very technical, then once down at Haweswater it’s a big slog up Gatesgarth.
I’d be more inclined to cut across Harter Fell once you’re at the top and head down the pretty fun descent to Kentmere reservoir, you’ve then got a few options in returning to Staveley depending how far you wish to ride.Posted 3 years agoGavinBSubscriber
I’d be really interested to hear people’s thoughts on this one too. I’ve only ridden it once, last December, and given the time of year, we decided to play it relatively safe.
Our route from Staveley was: Kentmere > Sadgill > Gatesgarth Pass >[cough] Harter Fell > Nan Bield Pass > MASSIVE DESCENT to Kentmere > climb out of Kentmere past Hall Wood > 3 Rivers descent back to Staveley.
So. basically we missed out the whole drop down to Haweswater and climb back up to the pass.Posted 3 years ago
Sounds and looks ace!
Think my plan will be to head from Staveley, straight up the hill and over to Sadgill, up Gatesgarth then take a left over Harter Fell and then down Nan Bield towards Kentmere. Then depending on what takes my fancy one of the bridleways along the side of Kentmere valley and back.
Hopefully I get a bit of good weather for it!Posted 3 years agothekettleMember
Having ridden this in the last week I can confirm it’s fast and pretty dry at the moment. As others have said the classic is to ascend Gatesgarth, either drop to Mardale or nip over Harter (both are good, Harter is quicker) and descend to Kentmere from Nan Bield. Forecast good for Saturday. Enjoy!Posted 3 years agobravesirrobinMember
What’s the recommended northern descent? Is it the path from the Gatescarth Pass to the Southern end of Haweswater or the Bridleway from Nan Bield past Small Water to the same point at the Southern end of Haweswater? …and what’s the best way back up to Nan Bield? I shalln’t be making the same mistake I did last Summer, which was to climb Nan Bield from Kentmere and descend the Gatescarth Pass!Posted 3 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Gatescarth to Haweswater is a smoothish landrover track. Fairly boring.
Smallwater is a tech fest, see the vid in GavGas’ link above.
When Pinkbike rode it a few weeks back, they went past Mosedale Cottage to Swindale Head. Upper Mosedale is a bogfest, and I’ve only been down to Sleddale and Uncle Monty’s Farm. so don’t know the Swindale way. I have ridden the corpse road from Swindale over Mardale to Haweswater, and that’s a cracking little descent.Posted 3 years agobren2709Member
Nan Bield Pass is a good walk spoiled in my opinion.(spoiled by having to push a bike up and then push it halfway back down again). A ride spoilt even more….. Good luck! Definitely hike a bike territory
Am I missing something?Posted 3 years ago
Yes you may have to push and hike up but pushing halfway down, you’re having a laugh! 😕tomasoSubscriber
All of the above work for the reasons stated!
If steep stepy tech is your thing then hike a bike up from Haweswater to the top turn round and go back down – repeat until you clear it all without dabbing…
More normal people may prefer Going Kentmere, Sadgill, Gatesgarth and across to Nan Bield with out going down,,, and then into Kentmere valley down the south side. If you are starting at Staveley I’d go up Green Quarter and down HP Plantation and not three rivers.
Alternatively start in Kentmere (but you will need to park very early to park on a Bank Holiday weekend with nice weather) and do Nan Bield as above but when you get back to Kentmere head up towards three rivers but go round to High Borans, Dubbs and over Garburn for extra downhill action.Posted 3 years agoSannySubscriber
It’s a nice setting and good fun but there is a wheen of better riding to be had in the Lakes – Nan Bield would be terrific anywhere else but given the quality that the Lakes has in abundance, it’s rarely my first choice route. Average by Lakes standards isn’t a criticism in my book! 😀Posted 3 years ago
Well we did it yesterday and what a cracking ride out it was.
Set off from Stavely and headed over to Sadgill. As we dropped down we got our first view of what we had coming up to climb….
Blimey it’s a good climb up, makes the neighbouring Garburn pass look proper soft! Anyway continued up and over Harter Fell where the views where fantastic as was the biking (when we didn’t have to get off)
We then made it to Nan Bield and could see the glorious downhill laid out before us. Steep loose switchbacks turning into a lovely ribbon of singletrack with plenty techy bits to keep you thinking.
We continued down the valley then up our Green Quarter and down HP Plantation. That bit of riding from Green Quarter down really is a cracking bit of trail too. Finished with a well deserved pint and chip butty at the Beer Hall from a pretty good morning out!Posted 3 years agommelMember
Been reading with interest as I’ve been thinking of riding these routes later in the month.
I was planning the same, but wondered if there was any merit in going to the top of High Street Fell and
defendingdecending! the roman road towards Troutbeck, before doubling back towards Kentmere via the Garburn Pass?
This would obviously miss Nan Bield, so is it worth the extra mileage?Posted 3 years agoEcky-ThumpMember
tomaso, I’ve not tried it that way round but I can heartily recomment the reverse direction:
Staveley; up Dubbs to top of Garburn (all ridable now); Ill Bell etc, (mostly ridable up with a couple of short descents that are OK too); down Nan Bield; Maggs Howe; HP PLantation; Staveley.
Criminal to miss out Nan Bield at the moment. It’s pretty dry at the bottom end now (STRAVA!)Posted 3 years agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
Excellent, I’m for a wee cheeky solo mission next midweek. Park at bottom of Dubbs, Up to top of Garburn pass, then up onto Yoke – ill bell – froswick – High st – Mardale ill bell – Nan bield – Green quarter – HP plantation – car.
Just need the weather now. I’ll be doing it either tues or wed, if anyones up for it? (at a sociable pace!).
Unsure what to do the other day, never did Helvellyn and sticks pass, could be handy as it’s on the way home.Posted 3 years agodeetsSubscriber
I seem to be the only person to actually like the Gatescarth descent to Haweswater! I’ve done the loop both ways now and possibly like it more for the epic location than the techy riding. Maybe I just need to MTFU.
Thoughts from last time on my blog: http://deetsman.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/nan-bield-pass/Posted 3 years ago
The topic ‘Nan Bield’ is closed to new replies.