Thursday 29th November 2012

I'd been talking with Michael and Robert Harrison about getting a bike ride sorted before the end of the year, but we couldn't find a weekend where we were all free. With a day of annual leave to take each, we opted for a week day instead. Michael was up for a ride in the Lakes, so the classic Borrowdale Bash route starting at Keswick with the technical descents from Watendlath to Rossthwaite and Honister to Grange seemed like the perfect choice, particularly as Michael hadn't done it before.

Luck was on our side, with a perfect blue sky, below freezing temperatures, with some ice on the ground, but not too much to make the riding treacherous. Mike also brought along his Go Pro camera, so we got some footage from the day too.

If anyone asked me to recommend a mountain bike ride in the North Lakes, this would be it. The 'Bash' starts at Keswick, but could be shortened by starting near Grange at the other end of Derwent Water. There are two main climbs and descents - up to Watendlath and down to Rossthwaite, then up Honister Pass and down to Grange. The bulk of the climbing is all done on the road, making it easier to get to the descents, which are both very rough in places, but what I would describe as classic Lake District trails, well drained rocky, challenging and lots of fun.

Stats 'n that

Location info

How far and how long:

17.82 miles, 3 hours, 45 minutes

Who was with me:

Michael Harrison, Robert Harrison
Robert finishing off the gully descent

Robert finishing off the gully descent

Nearly missed the turning again!

Nearly missed the turning again!

Not a bad view to end the day

Not a bad view to end the day