STW Howgills ride, Sunday May 31st – Interested ??
sfb are the three routes the long way the short way and the wrong way?
a) my way – Browfoot, Gars, Weasdale inc. 4 gates and a fordPosted 8 years ago
b) middle way – Browfoot, Gars, Cow Bank, Weasdale – unknown to me but allegedly mud prone
c) cheeky way – Potts, Scar Sikes, Cow Bank, Weasdale – I’ve done it once but forgotten it 🙂 [shortest]stucowpMember
Oh b*gger – he will do the whole climb in big ring – mind you he might puncture – or break his chain
I will fetch some rope deejay and provide a towing service for all those who require some assistance and more hill training for me yeahyyy!
I might even get a puncture going up now!!! yeah MIGHT!!! Ha haPosted 8 years agosnowpaulMember
its an ace ace ace ride – we did it last summer and even goto see the battle of britain memorial flight fly beneath us ! For the bird lovers we also saw a hen harrier !
Its a hard slog up out of sedbergh and the last climb to the top of the calf is quite testing… The descent down bowderdale is quite something !
PaulPosted 8 years agostevestuntsMember
Rode this on Saturday just gone. Didn’t see another soul on bikes the whole way round, apart from some darksiders in Ravenstonedale.
The climb at the start is tough; to quote my mate Pete, “If you ran a bow across my Achilles right now, you’d get a high C”.
However, the singletrack down to Bowderdale is absolute nirvana. The kind of riding you never want to end, and completely worth the previous pull up to the top.
You’ll have a great time 🙂Posted 8 years agoD0NKSubscriber
It’s the classic big day out profile, big steep climb then long downhill, like the high street/ullswater loop – which I was going to suggest for the next one but not sure I fancy taking a big group of mountainbikers along ullswater on a summer weekend, pretty sure there would be friction.
I was trying to post that pic junkyard, very apt, but it kept saying no linking allowed.Posted 8 years ago
Your absence was discussed at length on Sunday Danny, and obviously, your true gender and commitment were called into question. I tried to vigorously defend your honor, but found it increasingly difficult in the face of such valid arguments.
You’d better not miss this one otherwise the situation will be catastrophic for your “alpha” male status. 😛Posted 8 years ago
but not sure I fancy taking a big group of mountainbikers along ullswater on a summer weekend, pretty sure there would be friction.
I think the natural range of abilities would space riders out into small clumps, and we have as much right to be there as anyone elsePosted 8 years ago
Gatescarth, Nan Bield and Garburn loop though for the next.
Also if you include those 3 passes you’re looking at 35 miles +Posted 8 years ago
35 miles pah we will be back for a late lunch and still have time to get a trail centre in later ..naturally sfb you will be off promoting full access by just randomally cycling on footpaths sharing your pearls of wisdom with the ignorant walking masses. 😉Posted 8 years ago
I agree with sfb actually we are allowed to cycle and just do a staggered groups of 4 matched by speed etc or do it as a group and just shout Boggies /MLEH ers forever whichever you prefer 😆
naturally sfb you will be off promoting full access by just randomally cycling on footpaths
not exactly random – there’s a section of FP from just above Howtown past Cotehow leading to the BW from Winter Crag, and I always take the unclassified road from Side Farm to Hartsop.Posted 8 years agogrummMember
I have sworn never to take a bike up Nan Bield again! Although it’s beautiful, I seriously considered feigning injury (or self harming) so someone else would have to carry me out. It is ghastly
Says the man who has just carried up Dollywagon.
I am not that fit, and have a heavy-ish bike, but I reckon I would be up for the 3 passes thing, as long as we had plenty of time.
I’ve not climbed over Winder before but i have done the climb (push) from Birkhaws to Bram Rigg Top – and while it was pretty brutal, it didn’t kill me.Posted 8 years ago
Says the man who has just carried up Dollywagon
I shan’t be doing THAT again either 🙁
I’ve not climbed over Winder before but i have done the climb (push) from Birkhaws to Bram Rigg Top
The Calf is quite different – you can ride a fair bit and push the rest without any need for carryingPosted 8 years ago
barnes, you are a soft shyte.
trying carrying a bike and 21stone of muscle up nan bield
from what I recall Nan Bield (300m) was worse than Dollywaggon (275m). I’ve carried up Dollywaggon 4 times now and realised that I don’t want to do that again either – it’s much better going up from Dockray across Matterdale. I have nothing to prove, and I’d rather have fun :o)Posted 8 years ago
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