Thank you to Dave for sharing this blog. Dave loves to get out in the Lake District on his bike and has shared his latet mountain bike ride.
This is a great mountain bike ride called the Borrowdale bash. It starts in the idyllic town of Keswick and makes its way along the B5289 (Borrowdale rd) until the left turn for Ashness bridge.
The climb up to surprise view is a hard slog, but the reward is worth every turn of your pedals. After a bite to eat and one last look at the stunning scenery, I head down the quiet valley leading to Watendleth, where you could call into the Caffle house tearooms for a nice cuppa.
Onward and definitely upward, heading south-west on the bridleway out of Watendleth and over the top of Grange fell and down to Rosthwaite. Take the road for a couple of miles until you reach Seatoller.
A fuel stop is a good idea in the village, because the next 1 1/2 miles are probably the hardest ascent I’ve ever attempted, it leads you up the notorious Honister pass and onto a bridleway which heads north and most importantly downhill (hoorraaaaa) passed Castle Crag and into the quaint little village of Grange. If you haven’t already had a nice break and refreshments you could pop into one of the teashops here, there all very good.
Tired, but enough strength in the old legs to get me up the last climb which runs parallel with the little treasure of a hill named Catbells (if you like your walks there’s hardly a better view, than from the top of Catbells). Downhill from here until you reach the road which takes you to Portinscale and then onto Keswick. I’ve had one of the best days out on my trusty steed and there will be more adventures to follow, with or without my aluminium horse.