Elterwater Independent Hostel

We want to help you to get back to what riding is all about -adventure. In the first of a new series of blogs, we’re visiting Elterwater Hostel in the English Lake District, to show you some amazing mountain bike routes from the door.

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Mountain Bike C2C

Ravenglass to Ravenscar – by MTB

View the OS map by clicking the Ordnance Survey logo

Total distance 230 miles

Total ascent is approximately 26683 feet (nearly the height of Everest)

Walna Scar Road, Grizedale Forest, Garburn Pass, The Cam Road, The Stake Road, Swaledale, Bilsdale, Rosedale and a Dalby Forest detour…what a recipe. This mountain bike coast to coast route has it all. We think that this is going to become a classic mtb C2C.

Since creating the initial route, we’ve reviewed it and it’s been straightened out and shortened by a whole stage; but we believe that it’s improved the overall route. Rosedale singletrack and some great descents around Chop Gate and Farndale make things even better. In the end we simply created a classic tour. It gets you from one coast to the other, but does so along tracks that will live in your memory for years and make you want to come back for more. Tracks that require a map and compass are clearer, but still retain the essence of isolation in the hills that drew Norman and I to them.

Our route is designed as a 7-stage ride, ideally from Sunday to Saturday, leaving Saturday to travel up and Sunday to travel home and rest. We’ve tried not only to link in great tracks, but also to ensure that there are reasonable opportunities to get the bike fettled and have a comfy stay and a beer.

This route is no easy day ride. It is designed to take in some of the hardest but most enjoyable mountain bike tracks in the UK mountain biking scene. Be prepared for this: rocks, steep climbs, steep descents, wet feet. It is after all a challenge. You also need to be able to read and interpret a map. In poor weather or following periods of rain, the tracks will be damp and in some cases very soggy. Tracks may be indistinct atop the higher fells and moorlands.

You will need to be able to use a map and compass or have access to a gpx device or app. Some areas will not have a great number of BW signs. Maps and the route description will help. If you feel that the distances are too long, design your own halts and take longer to ride the route – it’s your trip. Just enjoy the challenge.

We rode all sections of the route several times using just a map and compass to ensure that we could navigate it ourselves. It is tricky at times and we’ve discussed things with the National Parks to improve the route. The gpx files were produced post ride, having only used a map and our noses, so please feel free to email us with accurate height details.

Anyway, click the ordnance survey map above or the google map below and take a look. Full details of each stage are provided at the foot of this page. All you need to do now is to prepare yourself and have a good ride along England’s best mountain bike coast to coast route.