Updated: Aug 21
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!