This is a classic mountain bike route round Skiddaw in the Lake District. It can be done in either direction but for the best descending would suggest tackling it anti-clockwise. There is some grassy climbs, rocky traverses, rapid dirt tracks and a pleasent bit of road involved in this loop. Oh, and a big climb to start!
You can sart in Keswick or avoid the climb up Mallen Dood and park at GR: 282 255. Either way your going to have to climb a fair bit so it depends on your prefrence for an offroad climb at the start or a road climb at the end.
Heading north out of Keswick you cross the A66 and enter the fortest further north. This is where you begin to earn the descent. Once through the forest you go though the carpark and fork right at the Descriptionbridleway junction. Next you traverse Longscale Fell which is a bit testing in places and if you are going to fall don’t fall to the right! It can be quite busy round here so keep an eye out for other cyclists and walkers.
There is a bit of a rocky chute to plunge down and eventually you come out by Skkidaw House. At this junction head north on the dirt track which eventually brings you out on the road and then it’s all road back to the car. You can, if you wish, use the bridleway round Barkbeth and take in a bit of Dodd Woods to to minimise the road sections too.
Good loop with the possibility of extending it to explore some more of the area.
Map – coming soon
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