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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.
Leaving Glenridding on a narrow lane, the route begins climbing straight away up the roughly surfaced Greenside Road towards the Youth Hostel.
Wide stony tracks continue climbing up the valley towards Brown Cove, before veering steeply uphill on rocky loose switchbacks around Keppel Cove which will see you pushing or carrying your bike.
A brief rocky descent from the cairn is possible before the steep climb up Lower Man and around to the summit shelter on Helvellyn.
The views from here are stunning but it is a place which can turn quickly inhospitable, so pack more clothing than you think you'll need at the bottom! A fun technical descent and undulating trail leads around Nethermost Pike and High Crag to Dollywagon Pike, where a very steep descent with rocky steps and huge wheel-eating drainage channels will test even the most accomplished of riders.
From Grisedale Tarn, the descent continues on the obvious rocky technical trail heading down Grisedale, with little let-up in the difficulty, but great fun for those up to the challenge.
The track eventually smoothes and widens before turning to tarmac to roll down into Patterdale.
A short spin along the road will return you to Glenridding and some good pubs and cafes!