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Coast-to-coast (off road MTB route) Day 2

Updated: Aug 21, 2023

Another glorious day off-road cycling in the Lake District / stunning weather and some insane off-road sections.

So I’ve swapped the gravel bike and hired a mountain bike for the remainder of the trip and thank goodness I did! It was definitely needed today.

Started out of Keswick straight up a very steep off-road section up towards Latrigg hill / beautiful but crazy steep & rocky. We then went along the base of Skiddaw, and continued along the side of a Lonscale Fell - this was a very narrow rocky track with a sheer drop down to the right into a stunning valley. Really really tough.

I fell over twice! Once into a bog! Just some small cuts luckily. Although I might have some bruises come out tonight.

Part of the section did require us to push our bikes, it was just not passable even on a mountain bike.

We then continued to the end of the valley and then looped back the other side passing waterfalls and rivers down to Blencathra. Glorious! It was only 5 miles but it took us three hours!

Going down the other side was a lot faster down to Threlkheld for a well earned cheese scone.

We then decided to continue along the classic route as we’ve been advised not to go the ‘old coach Road’ off-road section which had become very rutted with lots of boulders and rough tracks.

So a glorious beautiful ride on easier off-road paths along Southerfell to Mungrisdale onward to Greystoke. Still quite a bit of climbing. A lovely café stop in Greystoke and then a very flat and easy 5 miles into Penrith.

Another day with beautiful scenes in the stunning northern lakes, a very tough and challenging ride particularly in the first half - but what a beautiful way to see the lakes and northern England.

25 miles & 2685 feet.


The cycle path ! 😳




Can you believe how beautiful this is!


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Lesley Keddy
Lesley Keddy
Aug 08, 2023

Stunning scenery! Looks absolutely beautiful but scary too - well done! I went "mountain biking" on my gravel bike last night and really wished I had had a proper mountain bike. Loving your blog.

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