north wales or lake district mountain routes

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bigbopper
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north wales or lake district mountain routes

Postby bigbopper » Tue Mar 05, 2013 17:43 pm

hi all,

im looking for some routes in the mountains of north wales and the lake district. Im a keen walker and climber and ive also recently got back into mountain biking after a few year off.

I've done quite a few trail centers now but if im honest they're too busy and i dont really enjoy them that much, i want to get out into the mountains and explore the natural stuff instead of the man made centers and possibly top out on a few summits while im there. Im struggling to find any route info on the web and was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.

Ive got all the kit, good navigation skills and im more than happy to carry my bike if needed. Im just not sure where is the best place to start.

kathg
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Re: north wales or lake district mountain routes

Postby kathg » Tue Mar 05, 2013 21:20 pm

There are loads of amazing mountain routes to ride in Snowdonia. The best information is in the Bikefax guide books.
1. Capel Curig - Llyn Cowlyd - Trefriw - Llyn Crafnant - Capel Curig
2. Sarn Helen ride starts near Capel Curig - Dolwyddelan and back
3. Snowdon. Up via Llanberis path, down Snowdon Ranger, over telegraph Col and then back to Llanberis
4. Pont Scethin circuit
5. Abergwyngregyn - Drum - Roman Rd to Rowen - back over Conwy mountain

These are just a few of the gems available to the mountain savvy rider!! :D

Enjoy!

Kathg

frankspencer1979
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Re: north wales or lake district mountain routes

Postby frankspencer1979 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 21:28 pm

I've done a handful of "real" rides in the lakes in the 2yrs I've been riding. I'm not fit, not got the greatest skills and don't have a big travel full Susser and I've coped ok.

Probably the most well known, and a great introduction to The Lakes is the Borrowdale Bash http://www.keswick.org/content/doc/lib/ ... route3.pdf
It's a cracking route

And there's the Skiddaw loop http://www.keswick.org/content/doc/lib/ ... route1.pdf

Had a good day out last week viewtopic.php?f=20007&t=12906951 you should be able to work out the route on a map from the description I give. It gets pretty high, the views spectacular and the way back down is a corker.

Also done a route starting at Ings, out to Kentmere and back over Green Quarter fell to Staveley. Easy to plot on a map and there's loads more trails out that way, plus there's the Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley :wink: And a frigging massive bike shop.

bigbopper
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Re: north wales or lake district mountain routes

Postby bigbopper » Wed Mar 06, 2013 14:57 pm

Cool, thanks for that. Ive just ordered the bikefax for snowdonia. The only copy i could find was on amazon for £36 so i decied to get the cd version at least that way i can just print out what route info i need. Is there much bother with the local walkers ? ive read stories of the purple rinse brigade getting pretty lippy with bikers as they seem to think the moutains are only for walkers.

kathg
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Re: north wales or lake district mountain routes

Postby kathg » Wed Mar 06, 2013 19:05 pm

No, all of the rides in Bikefax are legal. The walkers I've come across have all been fine.. I do smile and make an effort to engage in conversation and generally try to be as charming as poss! Obviously, if you go hurtling towards them they are bound to shite themselves and think they're about to be used as speed bumps.. scared people do tend to get 'lippy' ;-)

Kathg

bigbopper
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Re: north wales or lake district mountain routes

Postby bigbopper » Sun Mar 10, 2013 15:54 pm

Thanks for the advice lol i will do everything possible to avoid any speed bump situations

lg18
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Re: north wales or lake district mountain routes

Postby lg18 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 18:14 pm

I find the Pedal North website very useful for natural cross-country routes - Lakes, Dales, NY Moors, Lancashire - a fantastic resource:
http://www.pedalnorth.com/content/lake- ... mtb-routes

Lucy

Graham K
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Re: north wales or lake district mountain routes

Postby Graham K » Mon Mar 18, 2013 18:34 pm

kathg wrote:5. Abergwyngregyn - Drum - Roman Rd to Rowen - back over Conwy mountain


Does that take you past Aber Falls?

frankspencer1979
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Re: north wales or lake district mountain routes

Postby frankspencer1979 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 21:39 pm

lg18 wrote:I find the Pedal North website very useful for natural cross-country routes - Lakes, Dales, NY Moors, Lancashire - a fantastic resource:
http://www.pedalnorth.com/content/lake- ... mtb-routes

Lucy


Thank's for posting this link. I've never seen this website before and It's great, especially with the OS links

kathg
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Re: north wales or lake district mountain routes

Postby kathg » Wed Mar 20, 2013 18:13 pm

Graham K wrote:
kathg wrote:5. Abergwyngregyn - Drum - Roman Rd to Rowen - back over Conwy mountain


Does that take you past Aber Falls?


No Graham, it doesn't.. you follow the lane from the aber falls carpark uphill (killer tarmac climb), and then follow the roman rd in the direction of Rowen (Conwy Valley). You'll need to look at the map 1:25000 Snowdonia to spot the route!

Kathg

Graham K
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Re: north wales or lake district mountain routes

Postby Graham K » Wed Mar 20, 2013 20:32 pm

kathg wrote:
Graham K wrote:
kathg wrote:5. Abergwyngregyn - Drum - Roman Rd to Rowen - back over Conwy mountain


Does that take you past Aber Falls?


No Graham, it doesn't.. you follow the lane from the aber falls carpark uphill (killer tarmac climb), and then follow the roman rd in the direction of Rowen (Conwy Valley). You'll need to look at the map 1:25000 Snowdonia to spot the route!

Kathg


Will have a peep on the map sometime, but deffo need to give it a try.
I am going to Rowen tomorrow, but unfortunatly noy on 2 wheels.


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