WMB140.Lake District_Moderate Ride
Start/Finish Braithwaite Police station bus stop, NY 23307 23683
Total distance 34.8km (21.6 miles)
Total ascent 1405m (4610 feet)
Time 3-5 hours
Maps OS Explorer OL4 The Lake District: NW area and OS Explorer OL6 The Lake District: SW area, OS Landranger 90 Penrith & Keswick.
Summary Something of a local classic, but with a bit of a twist – this loop has a bit of everything.
1. If using the Bike Bus, get off at the Braithwaite Police Station stop and head south west down Croft Terrace. At the end turn left then bear left. After 700m fork left to descend to bridge, then keep right at the next junction. At the T-junction next to a pub turn right to continue on road to climb to Little Town.
2. At the top of the road turn left onto bridleway for steep climb over Cat Bells (will require pushing/carrying). Carry straight on at the top to start a steep, technical descent, zigzagging near the top. Emerge on road at Manesty and turn right, following road around the southern tip of Derwent Water to join B5289. Turn left and follow road along lakeshore for 3.5km.
3. Turn sharp right up steep road, over Ashness Bridge and continue to Watendlath where the road ends. Turn right, cross the bridge and join bridleway climbing southwest. At the top stay on bridleway to descend on well-surfaced trail. After 500m fork left at bridleway junction. Rejoin B5289 at Rosthwaite, turn left and follow road to Seatoller. Ascend eastern side of Honister Pass.
4. After about 1km switch back right onto bridleway and traverse roughly northeast on obvious trail. Keep left at fork after 1km and follow bridleway past Castle Crag to Grange. Turn left on road and follow for 1.2km before turning left up steep bridleway at Manesty.
5. Fork right to join Allerdale Ramble running parallel to road up west side of Derwent Water. After 1.5km the trail dips to a road – don’t join the road – keep left to follow next stretch of trail. When the trail meets the road, turn left then immediately right. After 800m turn left at junction then next right and retrace your path to Braithwaite.by wmbsu