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English C2C MTB Challenge

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Very hard, but rewarding ride. Not for the faint hearted or the novice. Involves alot of hard climbs ( with the bike on your back at times!!), with very long days. Expect to get very wet, and don't consider doing this during the winter months. The ride should take 3-4 days, and theres good accomodation along the route. Tip: Hardtails seem to fair better on this route, especially when it comes to carrying them!!! A must for any MTB Lunatic, you have to do it at least once!!!!
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Trail Directions
Begin at St Bees in Cumbria
Trail Length
150 miles Approx
Trail Level
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
St Bees/Sunderland

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Review Date
January 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: simon gee , from haltwhistle

Day 1-St. Bees, Ennerdale, Black sail pass, wasdale, over to esakdale, the duddon and the walna scar track (recently rebedded), slate quarries, eleterwater, loughrigg, jenkin crag, garburn...about 110Km and over 10000 feet of climbing a long day and very wet but real mounatin biking! little on road
Day 1 across long and Wetsledale to Shap, kirby stephen, tan hill, youth hostel in Dufton i think it was...longer day than the description espevcailly after day 1 about 100km
Day 3 easy day...escape teh dales and cross the vale of york wed planned to stay in osmotherly but got there before the pubs were evn open for lunch so continued on to a B & B in the middle of the NY moors near grosmont...lots of road miles...and more hailstones...
Day 4 a saunter down to the beach to finish
Overall the rouet is a epic to measure your fitness...i would not recc less than 3/4 days unless you are feeling very strong most seem to do it in a week. bring yer camera...kicks any epics ive done in the US into touch...ride quality is not howevr always that good

Recommended Route:
The Route takes on the challnege of crossing northern england over some of the higher and more remote bridleways.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
the 2 of us that did this also did a route of our own making H2H 'haltwhistle to high bark (near austwick/settle) over 2 days truly brilliant...requires a bit of Adlib south of Alston but riding from my 'ouse to his 'ouse is the start of a new series we are now trying.

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Review Date
September 18, 2000

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

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Reviewed by: Steve Woodward , from Bristol

This is definately a challenge, the first dat was a killer, we were informed by the lady in the B & B that we were the earliest she had seen coming in at 6:30 while most had arrive at 11:00. Having done the Tim Woodcote vertion of this route I had an Idea of what to expect though would have planned a different first day if I had realised the amount of carring on the first day. The next two and a have days where much easier and not as texhnical as we would have liked, and a large push up the pennies in the pouring rain was very cold a wet.
I would recommend the Tim Woodcote (MTB Pro) route which though still hard would be better for your averagely fit person and for the fitter out there try to do it in 4 rather than 7 days. This should be OK as from what I can remember its much more rideble and interesting than the MBR one.

Recommended Route:
MBR four day route from Whiteheaven to Sunderland

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