Skiddaw Up and Down

Lake District National Park

A steep ride, carry and push from Keswick to the top of one of the highest legally rideable fells in the Lakes, followed by a fast, loose and wild descent back to town! Not for beginners!

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
7.8 km
Ascent
856 m
Descent
19 m
Low Point
81 m
High Point
923 m
Gradient
15˚
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Description

Determined riders might just about ride the bridleway that leads around the side of Lattrig at the start of this ride, but from here it's a long push or carry uphill which will take most mortals at least 2 hours. The views from the top are stunning though and once you've recovered from the uphill slog, it's a fast and crazy descent back to Keswick, retracing your steps from the climb. Steep, rocky, rutted, loose, gnarly, uncontrollably fast and at times scary, adrenaline levels will be peaking if you can manage to stay on all the way down! This is not a ride to do on a busy summer weekend, when you'll be sharing the path with hundreds of walkers.

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

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