Where to Ride Road

20 Great British Road Rides

This classic Lakeland ride takes you up and over the iconic Hardknott and Wyncross passes so you should be prepared for some very steep climbs and gradients as well as stunning scenery.

Starting at Windermere, head north towards the pretty town of Ambleside before continuing west to Skelwith Bridge. From here follow the River Brathay up and around Park Fell as you head towards Coniston and on to Broughton. Continue towards Whistling Green and then climb up through Crosbythwaite to Birker Fell. Here you will be rewarded with a fast downhill stint towards Eskdale Green, shortly followed by a hard club up towards Hardknott Pass where you will have to navigate tough switchbacks and even steeper gradients.

The descent down to Wyncross Bottom is full of tight corners and once you make it to the bottom, get ready to climb back up and do it all over again as you cross Wyncross Pass. Its another rough descent and then you will be in the village of Little Langdale from where you can easily make your way back to Ambleside and Windermere.

Start point: Windermere railway station
Grid reference: SD 41426 98704
Postcode: LA23 1AH
Total distance: 84km
Total elevation: 1927m
Max elevation: 418m

To see a rough map of this route, click here.


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