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Two Days in the Lake District - Route Suggestions?

buckmulliganbuckmulligan Posts: 1,031
edited August 2018 in Road general
Hi, I'm planning a couple of days in the Lake District later in the summer and was wondering if you guys could give some advice for a two-day itinerary that covered as many of the best roads around there?!

Initially, I was thinking of knocking out the Fred Whitton route in just the one day but thought it would be much nicer to split it into two, maybe a north loop and a south loop, or an east loop and west loop, giving the opportunity to tackle some of the bigger climbs (e.g. Hardknott/Wrynose and Honister) from both sides over the two days, as well as explore some of the other roads in the area; I'm happy to do up to 100 miles on both days so long as it's worthwhile riding.

I haven't booked any accommodation yet, so starting point is flexible at the moment but it looks as though Ambleside might be a good central(ish) spot for such a plan. I'm thinking of heading to the surrounding areas (North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales) shortly afterwards and have some good routes planned for those areas already, so I'm just interested in the Lake District area really.

So does anyone have a good two-day itinerary for seeing as much of the Lake District as possible on two wheels?!

Many thanks! Adam

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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,760
    It really depends on how far you want to ride, but notable climbs for me are...

    Lake District
    Whinlatter - easier (and more interesting IMO) from the west
    Hardknott (close to Ambleside)

    North Pennines
    Hartside
    Great Dun Fell (one way up to the satellite station)

    Yorkshire Dales
    Buttertubs - north from Hawes is the easier route
    Grinton Moor - climb from the north and enjoy the long, fast descent into Leyburn
    Fleet Moss
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  • mamil314mamil314 Posts: 1,103
    Fred Whitton CCW and CW!
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 25,333
    FWC but do it in one day, it's not a long ride and if you only do half of it, what are you going to do the rest of the time?
    Also, I suggest going up the Struggle instead of the main road.

    All mapped here

    https://www.strava.com/routes/14178256
  • buckmulliganbuckmulligan Posts: 1,031
    Thanks for all the replies.

    Sure, the Fred Whitton route is a great option but I was thinking by spreading it over a couple of days then I could also hit some of the lesser-known roads and routes in the area as well and explore a bit further e.g. down to Coniston and the southern portion Windermere and perhaps up to Bassenthwaite.

    I'm happy to do that kind of distance on both days but just keen to spread my wings beyond the usual hotspots and make the most of my time there.
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 2,649
    Thanks for all the replies.

    Sure, the Fred Whitton route is a great option but I was thinking by spreading it over a couple of days then I could also hit some of the lesser-known roads and routes in the area as well and explore a bit further e.g. down to Coniston and the southern portion Windermere and perhaps up to Bassenthwaite.

    I'm happy to do that kind of distance on both days but just keen to spread my wings beyond the usual hotspots and make the most of my time there.

    You could base your 2 day route on the Fred but extend it to build up the miles. A great diversion would be to cross the A66 at Troutbeck and then head to Mungrisdale and round the back of Skiddaw. Come back to Keswick via the back of Bassenthwaite Lake and rejoin the Whitton route.

    Plenty of options in the South Lakes too for similar extensions.
  • davep1davep1 Posts: 756
    I did the Fred a couple of years ago, one of the hot years. I found it hard, and I would not have been getting back on the bike the next day. But then I live on the South Coast, and there is nothing round here to match even the easier hills on the Fred (there's a lump on the way to Hardknott that is probably the equivalent of Steyning Bostal, I'd never heard anyone mention it before!)

    I looked at doing Great Dun Fell that weekend too, but I reckoned it would be a 3 hour round trip in the car from where we were in the Lakes, and I didn't want a long hard climb in my legs the day before the Fred.

    The Fred route comes out alongside the Struggle; that looked a lot harder than the way we got to the same point.

    Bear in mind if the weather stays good, the heat really saps your strength, turning climbs that aren't too bad into show stoppers.
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 25,333
    Just do the FWC route in one day and stop minging about...

    you can't split it in two, because there is no shortcut from the halfway point back to Ambleside, unless you come down from Keswick, but that leaves you with a very easy day one and all the climbs on day two.

    You can make an easier an marginally shorter loop by cutting Honister and Newlands and go straight from Keswick to Winlatter... however, IMO the loop down Borrowdale and up the two passes is the best bit of the ride.

    You can also cut Newlands and Whinlatter, by heading straight at Buttermere, but even there you miss some of the best bits

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  • This is a cracking ride if you fancy a slightly different route to the Fred
    https://www.strava.com/routes/462769?hl=en-GB
    Slightly less mileage at 90 miles but it packs in over 11000ft of climbing. Along with the usual passes of the Lakes (Kirkstone but via the struggle, Hardknott and Wrynose) it also takes in some less familiar climbs. Blea tarn near Grassmere, Klin bank cross in the Dudden valley are two that spring to mind (they're both in the another 100 climbs book) There is also the biggest climb in the Lakes, Corney fell. Starting at sea level it tops out at just over 1100ft.
  • john1967john1967 Posts: 366
    This is a cracking ride if you fancy a slightly different route to the Fred
    https://www.strava.com/routes/462769?hl=en-GB
    Slightly less mileage at 90 miles but it packs in over 11000ft of climbing. Along with the usual passes of the Lakes (Kirkstone but via the struggle, Hardknott and Wrynose) it also takes in some less familiar climbs. Blea tarn near Grassmere, Klin bank cross in the Dudden valley are two that spring to mind (they're both in the another 100 climbs book) There is also the biggest climb in the Lakes, Corney fell. Starting at sea level it tops out at just over 1100ft.

    Please note the road around thirlmere is closed until Autumn at least.
  • john1967 wrote:
    This is a cracking ride if you fancy a slightly different route to the Fred
    https://www.strava.com/routes/462769?hl=en-GB
    Slightly less mileage at 90 miles but it packs in over 11000ft of climbing. Along with the usual passes of the Lakes (Kirkstone but via the struggle, Hardknott and Wrynose) it also takes in some less familiar climbs. Blea tarn near Grassmere, Klin bank cross in the Dudden valley are two that spring to mind (they're both in the another 100 climbs book) There is also the biggest climb in the Lakes, Corney fell. Starting at sea level it tops out at just over 1100ft.

    Please note the road around thirlmere is closed until Autumn at least.
    My apologies, didn't realise. Would you be able to go the other side instead?
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 2,649
    john1967 wrote:
    This is a cracking ride if you fancy a slightly different route to the Fred
    https://www.strava.com/routes/462769?hl=en-GB
    Slightly less mileage at 90 miles but it packs in over 11000ft of climbing. Along with the usual passes of the Lakes (Kirkstone but via the struggle, Hardknott and Wrynose) it also takes in some less familiar climbs. Blea tarn near Grassmere, Klin bank cross in the Dudden valley are two that spring to mind (they're both in the another 100 climbs book) There is also the biggest climb in the Lakes, Corney fell. Starting at sea level it tops out at just over 1100ft.

    Please note the road around thirlmere is closed until Autumn at least.
    My apologies, didn't realise. Would you be able to go the other side instead?

    Yes you can. It's a bit busy but at least it's a good surface because it all got redone after being damaged in the floods a few years ago.
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