Scarfell Pike ride in summer?
Ok so I’m currently planning a summer trip to the lakes and will be based in Eskdale in a resent mountain bike mag it says about Scarfell Pike but looking at the OS map there is no bridal way to the top so am I missing something?
Was thinking of doing a bit in Eskdale then Miterdale > Bakerstead > Tongue Moor up to Maiden Castle then head back on the bridal way Eskdale Fell way (looking at the OS map).
Is that the best route up that way? 🙂Posted 4 years agoagentdagnamitMember
And the summit area isnt rideable anyway, at least not unless you have some pretty decent trials skills. You’d do better to look at rides over Styhead Pass, Windy Gap, Rosset Gill etc
Unless you’re peak bagging, in which case enjoy the hike-a-bike to the top, but I’d suggest there are better way to spend a day in the Lakes.Posted 4 years ago
I suspect what you’ve read isn’t talking about going onto the summit, rather riding in the viscinity of.
Get yourself to Esk Hause then head up towards Scafell Pike, get yourself to the point where it turns from rideable to certain death, turn around and descend back to Esk Hause, past Sprinkling Tarn, past Styhead Tarn to Stockley Bridge and you’ll have done one of the best descents in the area. Rossett Gill will likely kill you at worst or disappoint you at best, unless you are a total god.
Back to Langdale via Easdale is pretty good by all accounts.Posted 4 years ago
Blencathra, Skiddaw and Helvellyn are fantastic, Scafell Pike I’ve not tried as from memory it is too much. Great Gable is also very good, though the very top is right on the limit (ie I had to walk it). I’m not 100% sure which the big 4 are, so I’ve included my best guesses!Posted 4 years ago
Strange in the mag they stated the run down from Brown Stand (I read it as Broad Stands and a possible typo) to Tongue Moor was a hell of a run.
But looking at it all footpaths? I though it was unusual for a mag to recommend a cheeky run?? Anyway cheers for the info guys 🙂Posted 4 years agoTreksterSubscriber
trailofdestruction – Member
You’ll be fine riding footpaths
Not in the middle of summer it won’t. It’ll be crawling with red socks.
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Aye, very true.
Only walked/climbed it once from the east side and could’nt believe the number of people who were up there and still coming from both sides. No way would I consider taking a bike to the top. I enjoy a good hike’a bike expedition if I get to cycle back down but the route we went up was a nightmare on the way back down! If you took a trials bike on the other hand 😉
The red socks don’t give you too much hassle, they’re usually amazed you’ve got your bike up there, want to heckle you if you push down a section, or take your picture if they’re Japanese. I only get hassle biking round the sides of Lakes, where the walking’s easy.Posted 4 years agoloweySubscriber
I only get hassle biking round the sides of Lakes, where the walking’s easy.
I hate the bridleways around Loughrig for example for this very reason. Walkers who stick to the lower more touristy stuff tend to be militant, indignant arseholes who think the place belongs to them.
All the high up cheeky stuff I’ve ever done has been universally met by cheerful, happy pleasant fellow outdoor enthusiasts.
As for taking a bike up Scafell… you would be taking it for a walk / carry. Cant imagine a magazine either promoting cheeky riding round there either.Posted 4 years agoSannySubscriber
Got to agree with Paul on that one. Go high and it’s VERY unusual to get any hassle whatsoever. I always reckon the Lakeland Fells attract a better class of walker. Up on Whiteless Pike last year, we got chatting to a lovely couple who ended up sharing a big bag of Minstrels with us. Maybe it’s me but I tend to find that if you go looking for trouble, you’ll find it but if you go for the cheery hello and let walkers pass up / down approach, things become an awful lot more civilised. If you REALLY want to attract a crowd, try riding a Fat Bike 😉Posted 4 years agomidlifecrisisMember
About 20 years ago I took my bike up to the top of Scafell (not Scafell Pike). I went up Slight Side and rode down Broad Tongue to Burnmoor Tarn.
My excuse was that I was young and didn’t care too much about rights of way and that there weren’t too many MTBs about.
There was a lot of hike a bike up, but also a fair bit of riding. The first part of the descent was a push but then it turned into a fantastic high speed plummet to the Burnmoor plateau before dropping down into Eskdale.Posted 4 years ago
it is odd the mag has suggested you do
which magazine? name and shame…
I agree with most of the comments. Scafell Pike will be hike-a-bike up and trials down, and teaming with walkers from 8-6 in the summer. even if they are friendly, they’ll get in the way. Unless you like an audience for your trials skills, then it makes sense 🙂
Never had a problem riding cheekily (with caution and common sense) in the Lakes. Only time I’ve ever had grief was on a fully legal bridleway – again, in the valleyPosted 4 years ago
Just a thought, was the mag talking about Great Sca Fell in the Caldbeck Fells?
That does have a bridleway up to the top. And heading back down, a 3km, 350m vert uninterrupted descent. Or carry on over Knott and pick up the trail down Burn Tod, but be aware it gets very boggy up there…Posted 4 years agotrailofdestructionMember
I hate the bridleways around Loughrig for example for this very reason.
It’s all been sanitised now, and is now flatter than a very flat pancake, so it’s not worth going there anyway.
out in the rufty tufty outdoors (>2miles form a car park) ramblers are pretty amiable folks even when you’re riding cheeky
Very true, but Scafell, like Helvellyn atract tourist walkers who are there to tick it off a list, so they’ll be more challenging than the regularsPosted 4 years agoBillyBullMember
Yep higher up you go the less hassle you get. Mainly because the obnoxious ramblers are usually too old and unfit to get that high. I was once confronted by about 20 on the road around the back from Ambleside to Rydal to Loughrigg. They were spread across the road and didn’t want to move then one Doris started insuring I should be passing on the right. I pointed out a) it was a road so I should be on the left and b) they were a bunch of co..s!Posted 4 years ago
Anyway, Great Sca Fell:Posted 4 years ago
old ramblers are the best, once I was coming down inbetween a load of old folks in a rambling group and was ringing my bell well before I got to them. At the end of the group there was 3 old dears nattering away, I shouted a cheery ‘excuse me’ and they all jumped out of the way and one oldPosted 4 years ago
baglady shouted indignantly ‘don’t you have a bell?’ felt like shouting back ‘yeah have you got your hearing aid turned on?’munrobikerMember
I’d say just get on and do it. While we’re on about cheeky footpaths in the lakes the one on the north west side of Skiddaw is incredibly good- I’ll be having a go at it again this weekend. Near vertical off camber scree anyone?
I use a bell in the lakes and on the more southerly munros, if you mount a wee one that comes free on new bikes under the bar you can tell your mates it’s just a really noisy Reverb remote.Posted 4 years ago
I’m not a bloody troll the mag a well know uk one listed several peaks on its page and Scafell was mentioned FFS 🙄
go north from link above to Scafell Pike (sorry about previous spellings) 😳 just south of the top is a collection of rocks called Broad Stand there is then a footpath down from there going to Hard Rigg (Hardrigg Gill) this then runs into the top of a bridal way on the right hand side of Burnmoor Tarn.
That is what I though the mag was on about 🙄
midlifecrisis sound like the way I’m looking at 🙂Posted 4 years agostoneyMember
It has been a while since we were up Esk Hawes (due to the crap weather last year) but we did set off from there towards Scafell Pike and as PR (how ya doin BTW mate)said, it is impossible on a bike.
3 others went that way as well and alltough they made it to Sf Pike summit, they were walking all the way from the corridor root and back, (but at least they can say they`ve done it !! 😉 )
Anyway, Great Gable is ACE and then you`ve got Styhead Gyll all the way down to Seathwaite (and that is allways GOOD…..On a hard tail too!!!! 🙄Posted 4 years ago
Hello Stoney,I’m good thanks, missing being in the Lakes, but have some good trails straight out of the back door in Rochdale so I can’t complain too much. I’ve got a new bike just been delivered to my parents house, so I’ll be riding in the Lakes next weekend if anyone is about. Have just posted on the Facebook page.Posted 4 years ago
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