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image for Cycle Route item typeThe Borrowdale Bash at Borrowdale

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Some of Britain’s most famous landscapes lie to the south of Keswick. It is around Derwent water and the Borrowdale Valley that various Lakeland visitors including Wordsworth, Byron and Coleridge spent much of their time trying to capture what they saw in poetry and paint. Others such as the outdoor Victorian eccentric Millican were based here to escape ‘the rat race’ and find a challenge in a new sport called rock climbing!

A combination of ancient woodland, quiet lakeside bays, steep mountain crags and a wild natural atmosphere makes for beautiful views and challenging mountain biking. The route never takes in especially remote places and always has a practical escape option, but don’t be fooled; the sheer combination of steep climbing, technical descending and the breathtaking scenery around every corner will leave a lasting memory. This route is best completed in a clockwise direction.

Grade: Hard - Challenge.

Cycle Route: Keswick, W atendlath, Rosthwaite, Grange, Portinscale

Duration: Suitable for mountain bikes only

Miles: 17

Time/Effort 3 out of 5
Refreshments Keswick, Watendlath, Rosthwaite, Grange, Portinscale


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Map reference: NY 252172  Lat: 54.54495 Long: -3.15699