A popular all-weather loop from Keswick with great views of the beautiful Borrowdale valley and fun technical descents.


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.


Follow the often busy road from Keswick down the Borrowdale Valley, taking a steep lane which climbs up to the left after a few kilometers.

You'll pass the pretty Ashness Bridge, and some great viewpoints of Derwentwater on the way up to Watendlath.

From here there's a steep and rocky climb which is apparently rideable, but probably only for about 1% of riders! The reward is a fantastic steep and rocky descent down to Rosthwaite.

Get back on the road which meanders to the end of the Valley, before the brutal road climb of Honister Pass.

Turning back on yourself, technical singletrack takes you to a steep and rough slate descent and the little village of Grange.

More road, followed by a short tough climb and then pleasant smooth undulating trails along the hillside of Catbells, with wonderful views out over Derwentwater.

Finally, more roads lead back to Keswick.