You know I love the Lakes, well this is a fine poor weather route because it doesn’t climb too high. Instead it rides like a big roller coaster – a couple of hundred metres up then it’s back down again!
It starts from the car park at the western end of Loughrigg Terrace.
A quick spin down the road the steep tarmac leads past Brow Head farm and onto the southern shoulder of Loughrigg Fell.
Then down past Tarn Foot to Skelwith Bridge.
From here it’s south along the main road for half a mile then up the steep track on the left to Iron Keld.
Bit of pushing to the top but the track down through the plantation is worth it. Not difficult, but fast with plenty of launch platforms to get your wheels off the ground!
The it’s down to Hawkshead and the climb up onto Grizedale Forest where we join the NFT.
I have to be honest here. I’m a bit scared of the boards.
I don’t mind the level ones, or the drops, but the sloping ones are a little intimidating.
However, it’s the Sleeve who loses it first, falling off a log. It really is that easy!
And I follow shortly – not on the log obviously.
I give that a wide berth, but on a ridiculously slippery 45 degree piece of timber.
Then it’s down to the visitor centre and back up again to do the Lawson Park descent – nice!
From here its due north, slate quarries, Little Langdale, Elterwater.
And finally Loughrigg Terrace.
And finally, the dip in Rydal Water.
If it weren’t for the fact that it’s only 5 minutes to the car I think I’d stay out of the lake!