/ good routes round S Lakes
Routes encorporating Walna Scar Road obviously a good option.
Mainly off road, 2-4 hours, don't mind a certain amount of ascent/ descent, technicality.
Up Walna Scar then at the gate on the descent in to Dunnerdale turn left and follow the BW to Stephenson Ground. Either back to your start or follow BW in to Seathwaite then back over Walna Scar. Fairly technical but quite a pull in places.
From Torver head S on the BWs on Lowick Common via Beacon Tarn and Tottlebank. A bit of road work to link them all up but not too much. Easy generally but one or two harder climbs.
Oops, no bridleway to Beacon Tarn - you drop down to the main road before then.
cheers for that
Jeremy ashcroft did some great books for MTB routes
I have a couple and if you are anywhere nr kendal you are welcome to borrow them.
Heres a route I did back in July
I suspect it's a big longer than you want (48 miles), but if you download the GPX files and then upload it onto http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php it might give you some ideas
Given how wet the ground will be, I'd be inclined to go up into Grizedale (possibly via Lawson park but it's a tough climb) and then do the descent from Parkamoor to High Nibthwaite - stunning views and one of the best in the lakes. There's some great, and relatively unknown, riding around Blawith. If you decide to go up to Walna Scar from Stephenson Ground be prepared for a swamp - it was hard work pushing through it back in July. And be careful on the descent back towards Coniston, it's been sanitised so you can go quite fast, but then the drainage ditches catch you and rip your tyre !
Am hoping a guide book arrives before I go but thats a generous offer.
May have to order your recommendation too.
Cheers for the advice.
A trip to Grizedale is definetly on cards but may well end up looking for 3/4 days on the bike depending if conditions are poor for winter mountaineering
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