Bowness Knott - Floutern Tarn - Buttermere - Scarth Gap Pass - Bowness Knott

Distance 15 miles
Ascent 1000 metres
Altitude (max/min) 445 metres / 100 metres
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.

Ennerdale Routes