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Skiddaw Bridlepath

Average Rating:    (4.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

You can pretty much see the trail winding its way up - really steep to begin with, then levelling off. Be sure when you get to the 2nd gate to continue straight on - don't turn up yet! It takes about two hours to push/ride to the top, and as soon as you're there, turn around and ride all the way.
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Latitude
54.62158673178856
Longitude
-3.109130859375
Trail Directions
There's a small car park just to the north of Keswick - on the other side of the town - it's marked on the map and you can't miss it. The bridlepath goes straight up from there
Trail Length
6ish miles - 3 up, 3 down
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Keswick
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 9, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Ben Haworth , from Whalley, Lancashire, UK

Summary:
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Recommended Route:
The Skiddaw Round

Other recommended trails in the same area:
West of Ambleside is cool but busy in peak times.



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Review Date
December 18, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Andy Golborne , from Leeds, UK

Summary:
On a completely foul day on early December we went for this trail and it was still fabulous. Doing it clockwise means that the climb round the back of the mountain is generally a bit easier as it starts on road and gets onto a decent path. Plus it was sheltered-ish -we only really hit the wind and driving rain once we were past the waterfall and heading up towards Skiddaw house.
Note that there is an open shelter room at the back right of this desperatelt isolated Youth Hostel as you look at it from the front. We were joined in there by about 6 other rather bedraggled looking bikers who had come up the other way. We all steamed together.
We headed doen from the house at top speed but dropped off on a downhill bridleway to the left rather than go up and over the last climb, as we basically couldn't see in the driving rain, but hell that d/h was good enough, and we eventually arrived on the disused railway trail and squelched back into Keswick. A BRILLIANT, exhilarating day out, and the trail was all rideable even in those conditions.
The pints in the Dog & Gun tasted wonderful that night.
A special mention for Altura Dolomite jackets as they kept at least a part of us dry throughout the ride.

Recommended Route:
As above, but we went round it clockwise beacause of the weather.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
First time in the Lakes biking. Not the last, though.



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Review Date
August 16, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jon , from Oldham

Summary:
The ride up is sheltered, steep but rideable with some singletrack to the carpark. The ride up the mountain is exposed and exhilerating but unless you're v.fit, you'll have to walk the middle 500 metres or so. Downhill is as good as most non racers will ride. Plenty of air in the tyres, you won't want a puncture to spoil the thrill.

Recommended Route:
Get an OS map, and ride from Keswick all the way up or at least to the top of the steep shale section (like we did). It's one way up and the same way down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
When back at the bottom you can ride to Threkeld on a disused railway track. Good pub here (The Salutation). We then rode back to Skiddaw by aiming for Skiddaw Youth Hostel up the valley and then switching back left down the Cumbrian Way to ride down the last half of Skiddaw once more. Also try the Whinlatter Forest. Keswick is an excellent base for a weekend or a week of quality riding (legal aswell) with loads of Jennings pubs to shelter from the showers



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Review Date
August 11, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ben , from Sussex

Summary:
I did this route on my XC bike and I found it fine, basically, if you want to go really fast DH, use a DH setup but dont expect to be able to climb on it, I had to get off a few times

Recommended Route:
as above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Loads of them everywhere, plenty leading off from the car park



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Review Date
June 29, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Alun Evans , from Swansea, Wales

Summary:
The trail is kind of split into five sections, separated by gates - which means you have to stop. The way up is a mixture of pushing/riding in that order - but it's worth it for the way down. So here we go:
First section from the top is steep fast, non-technical but still pretty loose. 2nd section is flatter and the easiest to ride up and down. 3rd section is without a doubt the fastest and best of the lot. Its technical and rocky but not so much so that it slows you down - don't fall off here, cos its going to hurt.
4th section is the most technical and steep - its fairly slow pace stuff but all rideable if you're good, rideable quickly if you're good and on a DH rig.
Last section is the shortest but still a nice blast to finish the trail.
It takes about 2 hrs to get up the mountain. Barring punctures, crashes, gates and walkers, we (Warwick Uni MTB Club) reckon the DH is doable in 5 mins if you're good. But you won't get a chance, because a) you'll have to stop for the gates and b) you're almost guarenteed to get a puncture - I reccomend taking two spare tubes at least!!
This is reccomended by many as one of the best downhill trails in England. I'm forced to agree.

Recommended Route:
AS described above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Lake District is full of them.



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