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25/09/2019 13:21
The Borrowdale Bash is an absolute favourite and a true classic. It has some of the best technical trails the Lakes has to offer, a road climb almost up to Honister Slate Mines, numerous descents that will test the very best and require perfect line choice and an interesting return to Keswick under the shadow of the Cat Bells. It’s a good ride so go prepared with food, water and your wits; but also make sure you all enjoy the views from Watendlath, Honister and Castle Crag.

The route starts on the A591 1st turn off from the A66 into Keswick at the junction at the end of the road turn left head up the hill (chestnut hill) there is a lay by at the top on the left before you start to decend, if full there is another at the bottom of the bank near the telephone box and opposite the caravan site. DO NOT FOLLOW SAT NAV TO DALE BOTTOM.

We start by riding past castlerigg a nice decent through Great Wood which drops us on to the B5289 and up the hill to Ashness Bridge past ‘Surprise View’ and continue towards Watendlath Tarn. Here you’ll take on a tricky but rideable climb that will gain you height quickly giving some stunning views of Borrowdale Valley. Cross the Ford or footbridge then head up the technical rocky bridleway which is fairly steep but pretty short.

The trail soon levels out between Brund Fell and Yew Crag before dropping down again and becoming much more technical. Birkett’s Leap is often described as the best bridleway in the Lakes. When the path forks keep to the left. This is the time to get loose, line choice is up for grabs, drop offs, rock gardens and huge drainage channels make for a challenging descent to Rosthwaite.

Buzzing from the descent it’s time to hit the valley road to Seatoller and start the gruelling climb up Honister Pass. It is a great challenge.

Close to the summit keep an eye out on your right for an obvious gravel bridleway that turns back on itself. Take a welcome break first, enjoy the views, we then take this trail.
You’re then treated to some flowing semi-technical trails. The views are amazing too. The route flanks High Scawdel before crossing Tongue Gill. From there you will join the Allerdale Ramble, flanking Low Scawdel, before descending down past Castle Crag. The final descent to Grange village is absolutely superb, rocky, technical and fast. Speed is your friend here but please watch out for walkers as it’s a popular hiking route.

Once in Grange and possible tea and scones at the tea shop we take a left and head up the valley on the road. You’ll eventually see a bridleway climbing left up the side of Catbells. Take this undulating trail and basically follow it until it brings you back almost into Keswick. The last section of the trail is super fast so you’re sure to end the ride with a smile on your face, and if you’re not smiling through the day there’s something wrong with ya ! we can ride back up through Great Wood and back to the cars.

Total distance of around 18-20 miles
Total elevation gain 3486.31 feet
Bring trail food, water etc.
Depending on the group a stop can be had at Grange tea shop
Classed as Red (with some sexy/spicy bits)
Please text me if you are coming so I can look out for you as I am in my caravan I don’t get emails so text and calls only please by Saturday 4th May 6:30 PM
Hope to see you there

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