Walna Scar mtb ride

This was part of a Lakes camping trip.

The Walna Scar is a well known Lakes route that some of the party had done before. As you might notice from the photographs it was a wet day.

Road climnb Walna Scar.

We parked near Torver and followed the main road south before turning right up a lane and some arrowed hills. The bridleway through the woods offered some good rooty sections and these were obviously ideal for wet days.

Rooty section on MTB ride.

Back onto open ground the route traversed some hills and then climbed to Stickle Pike. We followed our noses a bit here and ended up with a bit of an excursion before we spotted the bridleway.

Stickle Pike descent

A great descent delivered us onto the road where we hurried to the Newfield Inn at Seathwaite. We attempted to dry out here over lunch. I remember doing a similar route here in the early 2000s when I used to drink a few beers at lunch time to enhance my riding performance. Not any more though. You can’t enhance perfection.

Pub!
Newfield Inn Seathwaite.

I really enjoyed the big climb up to Walna Scar itself. Visibility was low, rain was lashing us but it wasn’t really cold and it was quite an experience. The camera wasn’t too happy about it though.

Walna Scar low visibility.
Having fun are we?
Walna Scar mist.
Great views.

The weather had focussed our minds on getting down so we all made short work of the descent. I remember one really good rock drop and lots of loose rocks. It’s certainly worth a proper look on a dry day.

Walna Scar descent mtb.
Poor camera.

Walna Scar mtb route map.
We finished off with a simultaneous bike wash and road ride back to the parked cars.

Verdict: great route. Not that long. Worth doing on a dry day when you can see.

Stats: 29km (18 miles), approx 900m. gpx file.

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