2 Rides near Coniston not to miss

The fells and trails around Coniston Water in the Lake District is a one of my favourite places to ride. These rides can take in the trails of Grizedale on one side of Coniston Water and the excellent Walna Scar Road on the other. A trip and an overnight stay nearby to complete 2 rides would make a great weekend of mountain biking heaven.

The Dunnerdale Fells – 20.5 miles -33km

From East of Torver

Coniston Round – 21 miles – 33.8km

From Conston – Grizdale Forest – Blawith Fells –Walna Scar Rd


Camping Octolodges at Abbots Reading Farm Haverthwaite

Peak District

I’ve yet to ride any trails in the Peak District, to make the journey worthwhile I’ve listed a small collection of routes to complete over 2 days.

Edale & The High Peak Reserviors – 32miles – 51.49km

From Castleton – Upper Derwent Valley

Dark Peak – 19 miles – 30.5km

From Hayfield – Includes Jacob’s Ladder – Pennine Way

Cut Gate Path – 27miles – 43.4km

From Hadfield around Hope Forest

2012 Local Rides

Local MTB Rides

Taken from the excellent guided collection of mountain bike rides Beyond Hamsterley, http://www.beyond-hamsterley.co.uk/ these rides can be considered local meaning around 45mins – 1 hour journey time from Washington and not excessively long. Can be an alternative to the Lakes or Dales or other planned ride should the weather in those areas turn unfavourable i.e. high winds and heavy rain that is likely to detract from the very purpose of being out with is to explore and have a lot of fun rather than a survival exercise.

Teesdale Tour – 40km

From Romaldkirk – Balderhead Reservoir – Holwick

Allendale Round – 33.7km

From Allenheads

Nenthead & Longcross – 31.5km

From Nenthead

Coldberry Crossing – 31.8km

From Cowshill – Nenthead

Feldom Ranges – 30.9km

From Kirby Hill nr Richmond – Marske

Waskerley & Edmunbyers 35.5km

From Castleside

Beyond Hamsterley – 28.5km

From Hamsterley – Hill Top

Edmunbyers & Blanchland – 28.1km

From Edmunbyers – Blanchland