7557 ft / 2304 mtrs
Event Hq –
Feed Stations –
1 in Staverley village ( roughly half way )
Hosted by the historic Lowther Castle near Penrith in North Cumbria – it is a challenging route that passes through some stunning scenery, as it winds its way around lake shores, up and over notable climbs and descents – quiet roads, remote lanes and scenic villages of the North Lakes area to be savoured throughout the day.
You will leave The Castle grounds and ride through the village of Askham then along the narrow lanes that head to Pooley Bridge and the shores of Ullswater, having ridden the entire length of the northern shore. It is soon time to knuckle down for the challenging ascent of Kirkstone Pass – 20% plus in places and rated #83 of Britain’s Top 100 Climbs.
Then an exciting downhill takes you past Troutbeck and towards the village of Staveley, where our well stocked feed station awaits. Remote lanes are then followed towards the hidden roman road that runs between Howtown and Tebay.
More quiet country lanes are then ridden through the Eden District to the east of the M6, winding their way back to Lowther Castle, where you can enjoy the rest of day in the castle grounds and facilities.
- free parking on tarmac
- on site toilets and changing
- entry on event day available (cash only please)
- mechanical support en route
- professional medical cover – by paramedics in a fully equipped ambulance
- qualified remote area 1st aiders en route
- 100% way marked course
- GPX files of each route sent out with event day information e mail in week before the event
- quiet roads and lanes throughout
- British Cycling Public Liability insurance cover
- 1 x well stocked feed station en route
- friendly marshals and helpers
- times published online post event
- free to download event photographs
- broom wagons following each route
- post ride goody bags, snacks and drinks
- free hot drink in the castles cafe
- souvenir event medals available for purchase with online entry