|A nice gentle introduction to mountain biking in the Lake District National Park.
From Bowness Knott head back up the road (north) to Whins Farm where
you turn right on to the bridleway for Floutern Tarn - that's all the
tarmac out of the way for today. What follows is a long gentle climb
between Banna Fell and Great Borne to Floutern Tarn, it is worth taking a
breather here and enjoying the view and get your bearings. You will head
down in to Mosedale then bear right along the side of Gale Fell, you are
heading for Buttermere not Loweswater. Care should be taken on the descent
in to Mosedale even though it is all grass, Mosedale itself can be a bit
wet, head alongside Gale Fell until you reach Black Beck. You have to
cross this on to the northern side of Black Beck then continue your
descent to Scale Beck. If you want to see Scale Force (the highest
waterfall in the Lake District) then you can walk to it up Scale Beck.When
you reach Scale Knott cross Scale Beck then ride on to Scale Bridge. At
this point you can head in to the pub in Buttermere, or continue south
easterly soon reaching the southern shores of Buttermere. If you have been
to the pub (even if you haven't) you may find yourself on the wrong path,
the bridleway is not along the lakeshore but up in Burtness Wood, coming
out of the wood below Burtness Combe and the waterfalls, well worth a stop
and a picture, and a rest as you will soon be approaching Scarth Gap.
Continue along the lake until you reach Peggy's Bridge, here you will turn
right up Scarth Gap, the last climb of the day. This is a long slog, you
can have a rest part way up at Wax Knott to take in the view, and consider
future adventures up to High Crag and beyond (look at your map, this is
not fro the faint hearted). Off you go again up to the top of Scarth Gap,
it is worth descending a little towards Ennerdale for the better views.
That's it the hard work is over, all you have to do know is descend to the
valley, and follow the bridleway back westwards along the valley floor
towards Ennerdale Water.