Cold Dark North

#ExploreLocal Cold Dark North

Cold Dark North

#ExploreLocal Cold Dark North

Collection by Cold Dark North

A small selection of specially curated routes for Komoot's #explorelocal campaign. We've chosen routes that are ~100km long, all on tarmac and starting and finishing in the heart of the bigger towns/cities up the spine of the Cold Dark North. Make an adventure of it - come and ride local in the #ColdDarkNorth soon!

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    04:16
    56.1 mi
    13.2 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,600 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    This 90km ride from the heart of Preston rolls out of the city into the southern section of the Forest of Bowland, taking in Jeffrey Hill and Birdy Brow before heading North through the Whitewell Estate and Dunsop Bridge up to the famous and stunningly beautiful Trough of Bowland climb. From there the route rolls through parts of the local Dolphinholme and Oakenclough road race circuits before skirting Beacon Fell on the way back into the City.

    Difficult
    05:12
    64.0 mi
    12.3 mph
    4,550 ft
    4,575 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    There are many ways we could have gone from Lancaster - but with Preston covering the South of our patch, we've sent you out into the a taster of the Dales. The ride rolls out of Lancaster and over picturesque Littledale to give you a sense of what's ahead and around. From the crest of that climb the road rolls along the Lune Valley heading North and East with the prevailing tail wind to the town of Ingleton under the mighty Ingleborough Peak. From there you journey to the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct and then into Dentdale Valley. The route back is tough - starting sharply and terrifyingly with White Shaw Moss (aka Kingsdale). But from here all the way home you will have gravity (if not the wind) on your side as you follow the running Lune back to Lancaster.

  • Sign Up To Discover Places Like This

    Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.

  • Difficult
    06:05
    70.4 mi
    11.6 mph
    5,525 ft
    5,500 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Like Lancaster to the South, Kendal is spoilt with options for a ~100km ride! We've sent you out through the Lyth Valley and Underbarrow to the banks of Lake Windermere for a quick tourist hit before rolling on to the outskirts of Ambleside and Grasmere - around the picturesque "balcony road" of Thirlmere Reservoir and the on a lap of the mighty Helvelyn. You return to Kendal via Matterdale, the hardest ascent of Kirkstone Pass and then the rolling roads through Staveley and Burneside back into Town.

    Difficult
    05:55
    63.2 mi
    10.7 mph
    5,875 ft
    5,875 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Our 100km #ExploreLocal route from Penrith is almost entirely in the lush, verdant, nature saturated Eden Valley. From the town you head South through Great Strickland and Kings Meaburn on the way to Appleby-in-Westmorland. From this historic town you have a few kilometres to get your self ready for the almighty Great Dun Fell. If you don't know about this one then do your research but to say that it's arguably the best road climb in England isn't overselling it. It's also the highest paved road in Britain. From the insanely fun descent of this dead end climb you head North to the less challenging but equally iconic Hartside Fell. Then after the summit of this Tour of Britain stage climax, you'll head back down and again through the quiet lanes of the Eden Valley back to the start. Lovely.

    Difficult
    07:00
    79.6 mi
    11.4 mph
    6,075 ft
    6,075 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The #ExploreLocal Route from Carlisle is our longest at 128km - but it's also one of the most stunning - essentially a figure of 8 lapping Skiddaw/Blencathra and Cat Bells. You'll roll through the lanes of the North Lakes past Bassenthwaite and through Stair, up the stunning Newlands Valley before you take on the challenging climb of Honister Pass from the (arguably) harder side. Then you'll be faced with the beauty of Derwent Water on your way back to Carlisle via the East side of Blencathra following the River Caldew back to Carlisle.

    Difficult
    05:25
    61.5 mi
    11.4 mph
    4,125 ft
    4,125 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    This one's pretty special. From Sedbergh you'll head along Howgill Lane, cutting slowly through the empty lanes of the Lune Gorge and past Tebay before heading East to Ravenstonedale and then South back to Sedbergh a stretch of 20km pretty much without a pedal stroke ona still day. From there you'll enter the Dent Valley and tackle the Tour of Britain worthy Gawthrop before our favourite road the descent of Barbondale. After that it's full steam through Rigmaden and over the Fox's Pulpit before a few hairy descents on the way back to your finish back at Sedbergh. Enjoy!

    Difficult
    05:33
    59.2 mi
    10.7 mph
    5,625 ft
    5,625 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Hardest to get to. Arguably the remotest. Definitely the roads least travelled in our #ExploreLocal series starts and finishes in Barrow-in-Furness - taking the relatively easier roads on the way out around the coast and heading North and West to Broughton before entering the Western Lake District and being greeted by the empty, stunning landscapes of Corney Fell and Birker Fell. We'd challenge you to find more breathlessly beautiful roads in Britain. Like no one has been there before. Glorious. After a taste of the Dudden Valley you head over first Kiln Bank Cross and then Bank House Moor (both savage climbs in their own right) before the steady roll back down to sea level. You won't regret the effort to get to this one. The Wild West wins our hearts every time.

Like this Collection?

Comments

    loading

Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    454 mi
  • Duration
    39:25 h
  • Elevation
    35,375 ft

You Might Also Like

Wonderful panoramic bike tours over Lake Walensee
Mountain Biking Collection by
komoot
Biking at the sunny side of the Alps in Carinthia
Mountain Biking Collection by
Kärnten Werbung
Discover Bamberg on foot – history, nature and beer
Hiking Collection by
Franken Tourismus
Cold Dark North

#ExploreLocal Cold Dark North