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Over 20,000 feet <> 600 meters plus In 6 days of mountain bike trail riding.
The trail diaries of the Lakeland loop mtb adventure by Kidder & Chiefy, Bicyclemania.co.uk trailfinders.
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
Hawkshead
Ambleside
Ambleside
Patterdale
Patterdale
Bassenwaite
Bassenwaite
Buttermere
Buttermere
Eskdale
Eskdale
Hawkshead

Buttermere youth hostel to Eskdale youth hostel
Start time > 09.30
Distance covered on the day > 38.6km / 23.9miles
Distance covered from the start > 197.6km / 122.8miles
Time taken including pub pit-stops > 12.30.00!!!!! Pub:)

The trail diaries of the Lakeland loop adventure
by Kidder & Chiefy, Bicyclemania trailfinders.

A good breakfast awaited them in the morning, all packed & ready for the days big adventure, the rucksacks weight a ton with the food pack-up's & kit. Kidder & Chiefy set off thinking about the big climbs to come & got lost 350 yard's down the trail, so doubled it back quick time to the pub for a new bearing.

The trail around the lake edge of Crummock Water was hard going (Crap) then came the long, long tough lug up to Floutern Tarn the views well made up for the slog. Then came a downhill walk to ride-able ground above Ennerdale Lake. The last track section before the tarmac road was like a jungle romp (Cut & slashed by bramble briers)

The pair big ringed it through Ennerdale Forest climbing all the way to Black Sail Pass YHA. A quick stop to sort their lives out again & watched in amazement as some very old Americans heading off up Grey Knotts (697m). Black Sail has been a YHA. since 1933, it was a (Shepherd's Bothy) right, history lesson over the pair moved out for the biggest push yet (850ft) over the pass.

It was physical torture with heavy kit, bikes & mtb shoes. The pair pushed on & headed over the other side to Wasdale Head & the pub. Kidder & Chiefy sat drinking tea & eating flap-jack watching the mountain rescue team kitting up to move off into the mountains to help so poor hikers.
(Maybe the old Americans)

Chiefy growls out the orders to saddle up, so off they pedal to Burnmoor Tarn (300ft) the last big climb of the day. Riding through the waters edge of the Tarn the pair stop to admire the splendid views. The downhill run to Boot was becoming  tricky with the light fading. At the bottom the pair headed for the pub to place their orders for two big bowls of pasta & plenty of the black stuff. Full & now sleepy Kidder & Chiefy cranked it slowly to the Eskdale YHA in the darkness occasionally blinded in the odd cars head-lights.
(Like two pissed-up rabbits)
At the YHA the orders were to wash-out the smelly kit & then sleep.
(Not much fun wearing soapy kit, which was slightly damp)

Chiefy being a mate just watching

One hill after another!

Its only up & over Black Sail

  
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