Ride 22: Rising to the Challenge

Bikepacking bookThese pages are for readers of Bikepacking: mountain bike camping adventures on the wild trails of Britain by Laurence McJannet.

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Ride Information

START/FINISH: Car park, Buttermere, CA13 9UZ, 54.540696, -3.277531

DISTANCE: 17.4 miles/28.0km

ASCENT: 3011ft/918m


TERRAIN: A mix of wide, stony lakeside trails and challenging hillside tracks, which are boggy, stony and highly technical. Two arduous climbs and tricky descents are punctuated by flat lakeside paths.

NAVIGATION: Difficult through the high passes. The bridleways along Buttermere, Crummock Water and Ennerdale Water are well signed, as are the turnings up through Gale Fell and Scarth Gap Pass. However don’t veer left up Scale Beck or right up Mosedale on the way through Gale Fell; GPS support will make sure you stay on track through both passes.


Ordnance Survey Map

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Open Street Map with information markers and elevation

Book Map



Download .GPX file (right click to download)

Download map.pdf from the book (right click to download)

How to navigate using .GPX files

Eat & Drink

The Fish Inn, Buttermere, Cumbria CX13 9XA, 01768 770253, www.fishinnbuttermere.co.uk
The Fox & Hounds, Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria CA23 3AR, 01946 861373, www.foxandhoundsinn.org


The Bridge Hotel, Buttermere, Cumbria CX13 9UZ, 01768 770252, www.bridge-hotel.com
Syke Farm Campsite, Buttermere Village, Cumbria CA13 9XA, 01768 770222
Bivvy: Bowness Knott, Ennerdale Water


Croft House Farm Cafe, Buttermere, Cumbria CA13 9XA, 01768 770235, www.crofthousefarmcafe.co.uk
Whinlatter Bikes, 82 Main Street, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5DX, 01768 773940, www.whinlatterbikes.com

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