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Lap of Helvellyn and Windermere

Lap of Helvellyn and Windermere

Difficult
05:15
77.5 mi
14.8 mph
6,050 ft
6,050 ft
Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

Tour Overview

Brewery Arts Centre

Theatre
5.65 mi
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More? Artisan bakery

Road Cycling Highlight

15.0 mi
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Descent towards Brothers Water

Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

42.0 mi
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66.8 mi
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Gummer's How climb

Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

73.0 mi
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The stunning Lyth Valley

Road Cycling Highlight

77.5 mi

Brewery Arts Centre

Theatre

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Path: < 109 yd
Cycleway: 5.24 mi
Street: 1.04 mi
Road: 46.1 mi
State Road: 25.1 mi

Surfaces

Paved: 21.4 mi
Asphalt: 56.0 mi
Unknown: 210 yd

Weather Forecast

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Kendal Mountain Festival planned a road ride.

September 15, 2021

Comments

  • Kendal Mountain Festival

    A more challenging road cycling route with some classic Lakeland climbs thrown in for good measure, this lap of Helvellyn and Windemere is a real corker for experienced riders.

    You head out of Kendal to the north to start this loop, passing through Staveley – where there’s a great little bakery for that second breakfast and coffee boost! Continue along the main road as far as Ings, before peeling off to the right onto smaller, quieter lanes.

    Climb up to the plateau past Banner Rigg, a good little warm up climb for what’s to come next: the infamous Kirkstone Pass. From the point that you cross Trout Beck it’s up, up, up: it may be tempting to go hard too early, but you should pace yourself as this is a pretty long climb!

    After getting your breath back at the top, enjoy the mega descent towards Brothers Water, claimed by many to be one of the best road descents in the Lake District. There are a few flat miles up next through Patterdale, before reaching the edge of Ullswater and Glencoyne Bay.

    After following the water for a while, take the left onto the Matterdale climb, heading away from the lake up towards Great Mell Fell and Troutbeck. Here you start the top section of the loop, turning to head west to Threlkeld – with impressive views of the iconic Blencathra – and then contouring around the hillside to head south again back towards Kendal.

    You’ll follow National Cycle Route 6 here as you ride close to St John’s Beck on this undulating road, before joining the Thirlmere Reservoir dam road leading to the spectacular balcony road on its western shores.

    Trace the entire length of the reservoir on this wonderfully quiet stretch of tarmac with Helvellyn and many other peaks towering over you to your left across the water.

    Descend into Grasmere next, skirting Rydal Water and following the River Rothay past Ambleside to reach Windermere. There are loads of cafes that you can divert to along here if you’re feeling peckish.

    Rather than hug the shores of Windermere, take the quieter road further west past Esthwaite Water. You then rejoin closer to Windermere for the southern leg, crossing the River Leven at Newby Bridge.

    Although not so well known, next on the menu is the really punchy short climb across Gummer’s How. You’re on the home straight now though, as you ride into the beautiful Lyth Valley and finish your ride back into Kendal with one last effort up and over the ridge from Underbarrow.

    • September 16, 2021

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