Not a big, long route, but it packs a powerful punch, with big, long climbs – on the bike and carrying it – and big rewards if you like remote rides and technical trails.
Distance 15.6 km
Keep heading straight on (north) when the road finishes and becomes a rough track. Pass through a gate and keep left, staying on the good track as it heads steeply uphill (Gatescarth Pass) and then down the loose decent to the head of Haweswater Reservoir.
Turn sharp left, almost back on yourself, on a faint (but signposted) grassy bridleway. This heads back uphill and becomes a rutted, rocky track with a few hike-a-bike sections as you progress. Follow the stream up to a small lake. Join a short but sweet section of singletrack around the right-hand side of this lake, which becomes a long, hard hike-a-bike scramble up Nan Bield pass.
Take in the view at the top – especially the long stretch of singletrack going off into the distance, which you’ll now ride. This starts as a steep zig-zag descent with loose rocks, but becomes a faster, easy-to-follow trail down the valley. Keep left at the fork by the farmhouse.
Join the Tarmac road past a farm. Keep right, then shortly afterwards turn left on a bridleway (Stile End) that climbs uphill on a rocky track. Follow this track over the top and back down again, keeping left at the track crossings, until you pop back out at Sadgill.
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Update: July 27, 2015
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