The UK's most aestheticaly beautiful mountain trail
Eeeeh, I’ve gone all northern!
That is indeed Whiteless Pike. The rocky bedrock has indeed been ridden but is committing. One for a dry day.
I like heading up Newlands Pass on the footpath then descending to the old Purple House which is now a modern jobbie. A brief road spin down the valley and it’s up the wide footpath by the beck following onto the saddle with a 10 minute carry. After that, the new zig zags which are utterly gawping to look at but 100% rideable up takes you to a brief decent and final scrambly carry up to the summit. From there, I like to follow the path on the eastern edge as it is a lovely bit of trail but one to be wary of falling to the left on!
I know that trail well. Lovely, isn’t it?Posted 4 years agowlMember
Nobeer – good post. I walked up there from Glen Rosa a few months ago and wondered about riding there – that singletrack looked ace. I can see it would be a ballache getting up from the other side though – in the wet and wind with massive backpacks, it was indeed a scramble.
Sanny – which is the eastern side then (forgive my stupidity)? That route up is exactly what we did – didn’t even attempt the zig-zags although one of our group cleared it – WTF?! Good effort for riding the bedrock – I remember a tightish left-hander at the top which pushed you to the edge of the hill but was fine, but then very soon after – like 30 feet further down – it went very steep, very jagged, full of wheel grabbers, for about 15-20 feet of vert – would have taken very big balls (and a nice slack head angle) to commit! Nice one. I’ll be back one day for another look.Posted 4 years ago
I have to admit to having cleaned the zig zags too. A 20t ring is a real boon on that one. I preferred it before they improved it though. It’s a go steady kind of deal but I was chuffed to do it at the first attempt. Oddly, it’s stuff like that that really makes me smile!
The eastern edge is the singletrack just off of the summit. Basically, ignore the main path and keep hard left.
The techy section is tricky but I’m sure you will manage it. It’s pretty short though you need to fully commit to it. I like then heading down the Rannerdale Knotts path as it is an ace little valley trail.
SannyPosted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
Grum, great pics on p1.
decideous, dicideous, nah, can’t decide either.
For me, any mountain trail in the right light can be the most beautiful. Light and shadow often makes it more than the terrain does. Been in Snowdonia a lot at dawn/dusk high up without the bike and it’s as stunning as the Alps at times, sunrise over an inversion or pink snow etc. Makes the lowlands a very special place at times too, like those thetford trails in low orange evening light.Posted 4 years ago
Lovely. Top thread, more pics needed.
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