Borrowdale Bash

Lake District National Park

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

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
28 km
Ascent
872 m
Descent
873 m
Low Point
74 m
High Point
326 m
Gradient
12˚
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Description

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.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

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