Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
From Staveley, the road heads out past Ings and up to the rough stony track climbing past Dubbs Reservoir.
Head through Limefitt Park and up the Troutbeck valley on good stony tracks.
Brutally steep climbing up to High Street follows, before you can enjoy the incredible views as you undulate over the entire ridge and down a lovely grassy swoopy descent from Loadpot Hill.
Quiet roads take you from here around to the remote and beautiful valley of Swindale, and a steep and boggy push up from Swindale Head, admiring the lovely Forces Falls as you pass.
Technical singletrack (which is unfortunately often boggy, but has some great sections between the bogs!) leads to a bothy at Mosedale Cottage, and a grassy climb (again, often very wet and boggy) to Brownhowe Bottom.
Fast, rough stony tracks head down Longsleddale to Sadgill, before a short steep, rough climb and smoother flowy descent bring you over to Kentmere.
From here you can either enjoy the spin back along the road to Staveley, or if you are a glutton for punishment then head up from Kentmere Hall for a final climb and fun descent that brings you out further along the road to Staveley.
You'll have earned your beer/cake after this epic ride!