Rides from Keswick – for when it's a bit wet?!
There are ‘alternative’ diversions you can take. The main one is near the start, but it will be quite muddy up there at the moment.
EDIT: The link above includes one diversion that follows the footpath up to Watendlath…that’s worth doing unless it’s busy (nice weather, popular time of day, weekend, etc.)Posted 4 years ago
I’d go off a different map to that Bogtrotters one. I can see that they’ve tried to include a few more offroad sections…they don’t really work though. After Watendlath they’ve taken the first gate on the descent, you’re better off going through the second one (goes straight to Rosthwaite). Then after that the route goes onto the Cumbrian Way to Stonethwaite Bridge…that’s not worth doing in my opinion and I’d just do the short road section instead.
I wish someone had posted the proper map and I wouldn’t have had to write this! 😀Posted 4 years agonowmefeelinitMember
Why not call into Keswick Mountain Bikes (in Keswick, strangely) and pick up a leaflet called “Biking Around Keswick”. It’s free and you can also talk the guys in the shop about current conditions – they’re really helpful.
The leaflet opens out to an A3 OS map (1:50,000 slightly shrunk) and it shows 4 routes with written directions/turning points:
– The Skiddaw Loop (28 km, moderate)
– Lonscale Fell & the Glenderaterra Valley (18 km, moderate)
– The Borrowdale Bash (the correct version that @d45yth refers to) (28 km, harder)
– Old railway line (10 km, family friendly so probably not what you’re looking for).
Can’t comment on the routes, I’m afraid but I’ll be doing the Bash and Skiddaw Loop for the first time next week when I’m up on business 😛
StuPosted 4 years ago
I wish someone had posted the proper map and I wouldn’t have had to write this!
Your not able to post a map?
I hadn’t realised it was different to the singletrack one from a few months back. Just the first that came up in google.
edit: issue 81, which is what I followed (again prob not the right one for these lot, but I had a great time) takes you over a little bridge at watendlath up a tough climb and then down a great descent.Posted 4 years agocakefacesmallblockSubscriber
Really undecided at the moment , but I have next week off, and a pass-out for mon to thurs away camping with the van, bike n boots, without the missus and am torn between Lakes ( to at least do Skiddaw and the Borrowdale Bash, with the bike) and Exmoor to explore.Posted 4 years ago
Will decide Sunday morning , forecast dependant.
Thanks for the tips. We did the Bash on Saturday, excellent, and a shorter route round Lonscale today. Thought the descent into Keswick from Lonscale was a bit over-rated – fast but wide and full of walkers.
Descent from Watenlath was brilliant though, as was the bit after Honister.
Helvellyn next time I think 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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