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Borrowdale from Castle Crag

Borrowdale from Castle Crag


Tucked away on the western side of Borrowdale is an old packhorse track. It descends towards Grange from part way down Honister Pass and nips behind the craggy ramparts of Castle Crag. It's a great descent on a mountain bike with a consistent gradient and the odd technical section for added interest. By making an ascent of Honister Pass on the road, an excellent tour of Borrowdale can be completed. There are plenty of opportunities along the way to stop and explore, most notably the Bowder Stone. So although it's not an overly hard ride it's worth setting aside a day to do. Terrain is craggy wooded valley, lake and high road pass.

Cycle Route: Keswick - Bowder Stone - Grange - Portinscale - Keswick

Duration: 3 - 4 hours

Miles: 16

Time/Effort 2 out of 5
Navigation 2 out of 5
Technicality 2 out of 5
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Map reference: NY 266234  Lat: 54.60041 Long: -3.13767

Take jct 40 from the M6 onto the A66 from Penrith to Keswick.

Accessible by Public Transport: 18 miles from Penrith station