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Kendal Mountain Festival

East to the Howgills

East to the Howgills

Intermediate
03:49
47.3 mi
12.4 mph
2,875 ft
2,875 ft
Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
8.77 mi
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Lowgill Viaduct

Road Cycling Highlight

10.9 mi
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Lune Gorge

Road Cycling Highlight

15.0 mi
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The Heart Shaped Wood

Road Cycling Highlight

16.9 mi
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Quiet farm lanes

Road Cycling Highlight

18.5 mi
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Newbiggin Shelf Road

Road Cycling Highlight

25.7 mi
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Straight, flat, fast road

Road Cycling Highlight

29.8 mi
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Waterfall views in the Howgills

Road Cycling Highlight

39.6 mi
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Tight, narrow lanes

Road Cycling Highlight

47.3 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Path: < 109 yd
Cycleway: 0.71 mi
Street: 1.43 mi
Road: 30.2 mi
State Road: 15.0 mi

Surfaces

Compacted Gravel: < 109 yd
Paved: 18.4 mi
Asphalt: 28.9 mi

Weather Forecast

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Kendal Mountain Festival and Cold Dark North planned a road ride.

September 15, 2021

Comments

  • Kendal Mountain Festival

    Prepare yourself for some breath-taking scenery on this lap of the Howgill Fells to the east of Kendal. Famously described by Alfred Wainwright – the legendary Lakeland guidebook writer, illustrator and former Kendal inhabitant – as a herd of sleeping elephants; the velvety, green curves of the Howgills are a delight to behold.

    Head east out of the town with a spicy climb up Sedbergh Road. When you meet Paddy Lane at the top, head straight over to join the Walney to Wear cycleway on quiet, undulating lanes, firstly past Fisher Tarn Reservoir.

    Contour around Lambrigg Fell as you head north-east, and over the M6 motorway to reach the Howgills. Your first landmark is the eleven curved arches of Lowgill Viaduct. Descend to cross the River Lune, heading into the spectacular Lune Gorge to follow parallel alongside the motorway on this incredible valley road.

    After crossing the M6 again further north, look out for the well-known heart shaped wood, an icon of Cumbria! You’ll pass through Tebay as you head around the northern edges of the hills on quiet Eden Valley farm lanes, which are a real delight.

    You’re in for yet another treat with Newbiggin Shelf Road up next, boasting fantastic views even as far as the distant Wild Boar Fell.

    To head south around the eastern side of the loop, you join the main road of Egdale Lane, but this tends to be pretty quiet and for once flat! You can really get some speed up along here which is great fun. As you make your way south to Sedbergh to join alongside the River
    Rawthey, keep an eye out for waterfalls on the valley sides. This is all gently downhill so you’ll feel like you’re flying!

    Ride back to Kendal on a series of tight, narrow lanes that are thankfully pretty quiet, leaving the majesty of the Howgill Fells behind you as you ride towards the impressive peaks of the Lake District ahead.

    • September 16, 2021

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