Challenging events have never been more popular and with many organised and charity challenges taking place nearly every weekend in the Lake District there is plenty to choose from. One of the most popular is the coast to coast originally brought to the public’s attention by Alfred Wainwright with his famous St Bees to Robin Hood Bay walk.
Alongside the well known walk many riders choose to ravel from one side of England to the other on their bicycle and the route can very different for road bikes or mountain bikes. one thing is certain though and that is that any good route will take in a traverse of the Lake District.
Last week i completed the route from Whitehaven Harbour to Tyneside stopping for the night in Keswick and then Edenhall along the way. The mainly off road route took in some classic Lakeland scenes. Heading out from the coast the ride took in Lowswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere with a stop at the Kirkstile Inn for a pint of Lowswater Gold at its spiritual home where it was first brewed before moving to Haewkshead.
Heading up Honister Pass the legs and lungs took a bashing but it was well worth it for the fantastic downhill all the way to Grange, wow what a blast. A night in Keswick with a decent meal add a few beers and all ready for day 2.
The old coach road from St Johns in the Vale to Dockray is a long climb but at least everyone was kept warm in the chilly wind. After lunch at the ramblers bar at the Inn on the Lake in Glenridding the rain came down in true Lakeland style giving everyone a soaking and the slippy rocks on the Ullwater Way made for an interesting afternoon on the way to Pooley Bridge.
Following a night at the Edenhall Hotel we headed off for the big climb towards Hartside and out of the Lakes. The Lake District part of the Coast to Coast was an absolute blast with amazing views, great trails, wonderful refreshment stops all the very best of the Lake District.
We used Trail Breaks and stopped for refreshment at the following places all of which are highly recomended