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Falcon Cragg

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No. of Reviews: 2

As soon as you cross the river it is a steep uphill with a couple of gates to lift over further up. Continue climbing on the path until you get to a big rocky cliff, then its time to go down!! Its a great, long winding DH that ends up at Ashness Bridge, you can either follow the road back to Keswick or go back the way you came.
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Trail Directions
Follow Signs to Castlerigg Stone Circle and then take the turning to Castlerigg Farm Campsite. Continue along this small lane until it croses a river and then turns into a steep singletrack climb.
Trail Length
5 - 10 miles 'ish
Trail Level
Trail Type
Keswick - Lake District

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Review Date
February 22, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Gordon , from Monkseaton, Tyneside, UK

The Falcon Crag section of this ride is great fun (after the inital pain of the climb!) From memory the top section is quite open grassy and exposed with some boggy patches. The path becomes more defined along a terrace in the hillside this is a fast section in any conditions. You come to a section which can be described as a 'Rock Garden' not rideable (by me anyway!) this is just a short sections which doesnot spoil the trail too much from here the desent steepens and becomes more technical great fun but over too soon! as the road to From Ashness Bridge to Watendath tarn is met.

Recommended Route:
This route can be extended to make a great a day out as follows - Take the tarmac track from Ashness Bridge to Watendath Tarn a bridleway can then be followed to Rosthwaite (Steep technical decsent) you can then follow the road to Grange. From Grange take the minor road to Portenscale. About a third of the way along this road a Bridleway can be followed which cuts into the flanks of Maiden Moor and Catbells (This a very fast and smooth section of singletrack it is a total blast! watch out for walkers which )from the foot of Catbells take the tarmac back to Portenscale. Then from Portenscale to Keswick following the route of the C2C.

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Watch out as the route over Falcon Crag is actually a Public Footpath (not legal to ride). It did not stop us as it was low season in the Lakes (a cold, wet & very windy day in early November) I would not attempt it during the summer months as it would be too conjested with walkers (It just would not be worth the hassle!)

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Review Date
October 12, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: PAUL , from LAKE DISTRICT, UK

A tough climb in the wet. Great technical descent & the most amazing views. It's surprising how you end up at Ashness Bridge and you're still bloody high up!

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Must be fit.

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