Lakes, Tarns, Passes and Fells – 50 miles with 2 big climbs
This is a truly spectacular adventure which offers everything the Lake District is famous for. We leave Lowick and head north towards the mountains with a gradual rolling few miles by the east shores of Coniston Water before hitting the first climb to the top of Hawkshead Hill.
A very undulating few miles follow along the country lanes of South Lakeland eventually dropping down into Skelwith Bridge. A quick left turn takes us up the Langdale valley, past Elterwater and along the valley bottom before taking an abrupt left turn to head South at Great Langdale.
A severe climb awaits averaging 12% but with a maximum gradient of 25%. We gain nearly 400 ft over the 1.2 kilometre climb topping the summit at 900ft by Blea Tarn.
Just time to recover on the quiet down hill section before another sharp right takes us onto the climb of Wrynose Pass to follow Britain’s Best Ride home to Lowick.
This is a very testing ride.
Lakes, Tarns, A Pass and lots of sharp steep climbs
approx 45 miles
So as above but instead of climbing Wrynose Pass we take a left and descend into Little Langdale. As we drop into the valley a sharp right turn drops us over a bridge before a short steep climb to the main road into Coniston. We continue heading South through Torver along this undulating road before taking a right turn onto a very steep lane to take us into the next valley, eventually meandering our way along the lanes to Broughton Mills, with lots of little steeps thrown in to keep us panting. Up we go, down we go, heading East towards Woodland Fell with its long climb and a couple of 20% sections to test the tiring legs before the last descent to Lowick.