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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.
Starting with a brutal grind straight out of the carpark at Low Hartsop, you'll get a flavour of what's in store on this ride! Once at Hayeswater, steep pushing/carrying/climbing takes you up to a better defined and more rideable track heading from the Knott to Rampsgill Head.
There are impressive views in all directions on a good day but it's not somewhere you'd really want to be on a bad one! Undulating riding follows the ridge over High Raise, Wether Hill and Loadpot Hill, from where a fast, swoopy, grassy descent drops you down to a track junction.
Turning back on yourself, another fun flowy descent leads to Howtown, and a contouring bridleway and steady road and track climbing section up the quiet valley of Boredale.
the last section is a steep carry but it's over quickly, and soon you'll be hurtling down the final fast and steep descent...just make sure you can stop for any walkers on their way up! A pleasant wide track and short road section deliver you back to Hartsop to finish this great day out.