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  • Got the chance of a lift up to Grasmere this weekend. Anyone got a route around there they’d like to share? Am with gf and looking for something 60 miles / maybe 5000ish feet max.

  • I've got a nice one that goes up Wrynose Pass and alongside Coniston Water. It's about 50ish miles I think. Completely stunning from what I remember. Let me know and I'll dig it out

  • Yes please :) Talk of Wrynose pass has produced a quite raised brow but worst that can happen is we walk some / all of it!

    Anyone got anything that doesn’t involve a pass as a backup?

  • I’m planning on heading to the lakes later this month to go walking. Not taking my bike. Recommendations for what areas to stay in and where to walk? Oh and pubs.
    Cheers

  • How are you getting there? Are you camping?
    Langdale is my favourite, has a few nice pubs.
    Patterdale is nice.
    Wasdale head is good for Scafell Pike if you want to tick that off, bit of a pain to get to.

  • Camping - end of Langdale. B&Bing - Ambleside.

    Lots of walks off Langdale. More from Ambleside and easy to get anywhere else in the Lakes. Although it's all good tbh. North is wilder - Blencathra is good.

    I like the Britannia in Elterwater. And the Unicorn and the Golden Rule in Ambleside. Depends what you're after tho.

  • I grew up on the west side of the fells, 10 or so miles from Wasdale Head. It's the best side of the fells. You also get Great Gable and Napes Needle. Wastwater is pretty amazing and you get access to the coast.

    A595 is a shitter tho.

  • Cheers! Chosen wasdale.

  • Hired bikes from https://www.lakedistrictbikes.com , they're located in Lowick.

    Bikes are great, they had a good selection and I figured we'd go for Trek Rail. These are the fat-tyred pedal assist bikes. Took them for a 6 hour mostly off road ride yesterday on this route:
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36576995

    Verdict is that the lake District doesn't really have gravel... It has rocks. There's also a hell of a lot of steep up and steep down. The pedal assist helped us with the distance but on 16-20% ascents I'd argue that the weight of these bikes outweigh the benefits from pedal assist. The weight is also an issue when some of the bridleways have gates every few hundred metres.

    Overall a ton of fun, but should've opted for much lighter non-pedal assist as it would have made both ascents and descents easier. There's a place in the world these bikes make sense but it's not the Lake District in the bits where we went. Grizedale Forest may have been the perfect spot for them, but we wanted to go on a longer ride on a mix of terrain.

    Stats for the day 80km of riding with 2km of ascent with the ride to the start and from the end. The batteries just about held up but had to be in Eco a lot and we were conscious to turn off the pedal-assist on descents as we knew we were riding to the limits of the battery range. Needless to say, I'm aching all over today, also sunburnt, very happy with the day on the bikes but also looking forward to hiking boots which this landscape favour.

    The second day of bike hire it rained constantly, so that cut short the day and we returned the bikes quite early and instead opted for a visit to Buttermere and the passes there to look at the waterfalls.

    Would definitely recommend the bike hire.


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  • Hopefully heading up with a campervan mid August just outside Keswick. Little bit of running, little bit of cycling. Any pub/food suggestions for the town?

    Also how Very Serious is Helvellyn on the Serious scale? Can I run up it?

  • It's not that bad. I've done it barefoot. Tends to be a tossup between the old keswickian and the kingfisher for best F&S.

  • Also how Very Serious is Helvellyn on the Serious scale? Can I run up it?

    Not hard if everything is visible.

  • Cycling up to the lakes tomorrow. A few days of blissful cycling on my own followed by a testing week camping with the extended family in the rain….
    Will definitely need to do the odd day ride while there.
    My approx route up (obvs am not using google to route plan- I used the wonderful cycle.travel).


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