Are Ya’ Mad?
There are a lot of options for long routes from Kestrel Lodge, heading North of us we’ve got the Northern Lakes Tours and the Skiddaw routes covered, but heading South, if you’ve got the miles in your legs, there is some of the most stunning road cycling in the country with Honister, Newlands, and Whinlatter passes being just the other side of Bassenthwaite lake.
So rather than prescribe routes, I suggest you make up your own depending on what you’d like to see, how many miles and climbs you’ve got in your legs, or of course, you can work your way through them all.
To help you decide, here’s a breakdown of mileage for different sections.
- Kestrel Lodge to Braithwaite via Castle Inn, Ouse Bridge, and the A66 – 9 miles. Easy ride.
- Kestrel Lodge to A66 Keswick roundabout – 6 miles. Easy ride…compared to the rest of this little lot anyway.
- Kestrel Lodge to Low Lorton via Ouse Bridge and The Pheasant Inn – 10 miles. Challenging.
- Braithwaite to Low Lorton over Whinlatter Pass – 6 miles. Very challenging.
- Braithwaite to Buttermere via Newlands Pass – 7 miles. Very challenging.
- Keswick Roundabout to Buttermere via the Honister Pass – 13 miles. Very, very challenging.
- Buttermere to Low Lorton alongside Crummock Water – 6 miles. Easy valley bottom ride.
Each of the three passes are challenging with very steep gradients both ascending and descending, but Honister is probably the greater challenge of the three. However, it is totally worth it.
Coming over the top and dropping down into the Buttermere Valley is a stunning sight with Fleetwith Pike on your immediate right, and the Mighty Grasmoor in the distance. Oh yeah, it’s worth it. So pick your route, pack your butties, and I’ll see you when you get back.
All maps and routes are to be used as guides only. When setting off, please make sure you have a good map with you too.