From scenic lakeshore trails, through beautiful wooded valleys, the routes have been designed to incorporate many of the iconic locations around the Borrowdale Valley including Castle Crag, Suprise View, Ashness Bridge, Great Wood, Friar's Crag, the traditional lakeland hamlets of Grange, Rosthwaite & Watendlath.


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Description Starting adjacent to Lingholm, the initial section follows the woodland trail towards Hawse End Bay on the shores of Derwentwater.

The route then continues alongside the beautiful shoreline weaving it's way around the various bays & inlets. At the south part of the lake, a short road section leads to the picturesque hamlet of Grange.

After following the trail along the river derwent, the first main climb is soon reached as the route initially ascends through the ancient oak woodlands, a prominent feature of the valley.

The second part of this climb is really spectacular, winding its way up alongside the dramatic rocky slopes of Castle Crag. Reaching the top of the climb is breathtaking in more ways than one as the panoramic views reveal the heart of the Borrowdale valley.

The route bears left at the top onto a fantastic descent towards the village of Rosthwaite. The second main climb of the course starts soon after Rosthwaite.

Following the bridleway, this leads to the picturesque hamlet of Watendlath.

Following the river, the trail continues along the beautiful Watendlath valley to reach Ashness Wood. A minor road section descends past Suprise View & the iconic Ashness Bridge, then picking up the singletrack trail traversing below Falcon Crags & into Great Wood.

Cross the Borrowdale road, the last section follows the lakeshore trails past Friars Crag & follow the path skirting the shore of the bay back into the finish at Crow Park for a well deserved finish.