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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.
From the car park at Wythburn, you may as well start with your bike on your back as you make your way up steeply through forest and onto fell on the climb to Nethermost Pike and then Helvellyn; it's a beast of a climb.
From here the fun starts though, with a rock, loose and technical descent down the ridge of Lower Man, before climbing and descending up and over Whiteside Bank and Raise on fast rocky trail.
Heading west down from Sticks Pass, the stony based trail starts off straightforward enough, before becoming steeper, more rocky and technical with difficult line choices to make and some committing sections.
A great ride but not easy! One for those who like rough, natural, gnarly trails! A short ride south on the main road leads to HighPark wood where forestry tracks can be taken to avoid the main road on the pedal back to Wythburn.