The Borrowdale bash

View over Derwent Water

This was part of a Lakes camping trip.

The Borrowdale bash is a well know mountain biking route (route guide on Keswick.org, Singletrack forum, Westmorland Gazette). It does a clockwise loop round Derwent water near Keswick, home of the world famous Pencil Museum….. I need to sharpen up my comedy skills….what was the point of this? The museum was featured in the dark comedy “Sightseers“. That is worth seeing.

We knocked this route off in a few hours over the afternoon. The photographs show that we had some sun for once. Flat road from Keswick, then a steep climb up a lane, then a steep track track that eventually leads to a really good descent down tricky rocks. Just keep moving and stop thinking.

Borrowdale bash descent

Borrowdale bash descent.

The rocks dump you back at ground level in Rosthwaite from which there’s another road climb, in our case some route faffing and then another great rocky descent back to the edge of the lake. Joe had an off down here – too much speed.

The final hill leads to a much smoother track descent. This one has a load of drainage bumps which also work as tidy jumps. Win win.

Rocky descent in Lake District
Second descent.

Borrowdale Bash MapOverall I’d rate this a route that’s well worth doing and it stays near civilisation the whole time too.

28km (17 miles), 900m of ascent.

Gpx file.

Back to the Lakes camping trip.

Keswick pencil museum.
Pencil museum.

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