Glendaterra & Back o' Skiddaw Mountain Bike Route

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Not for the faint-hearted, this route combines two of our most popular Lake District routes - Glendaterra & Lonscale Crags and Back o' Skiddaw - and mashes them together into a killer loop. This route is for those looking for a full day out, if your fitness is up to it!

We begin innocently enough with a gentle spin along the old railway route from Keswick to Threlkeld. We then climb onto the flanks of Blease Fell, ascending to Skiddaw House. This sets up nicely for the long descent, following the Cumbria Way to Mosedale.

A road section gets us to the next climb, to the old mine workings north of Skiddaw where we're treated a lovely descent to Branthwaite, followed by an undulating trail taking you to Peter Head Farm, which marks the start of the stunning Whitewater Dash waterfall climb.

Once the tough climb to the waterfall is dispensed with, it's time for the epic descent of exposed Lonscale Crags trail, followed by the ever-popular descent of Latrigg.


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Points of Interest



Keswick is a bustling community and self-proclaimed outdoor capital of England in the north of the Lake District.

Route Features

Dismantled Railway

Bridge Over Course of Old Railway, Lazenby Bank

The UK was the birthplace of the railway, and in its heyday there were over 20,000 miles of track. Well the age of steam came and went, and many tracks closed and were dismantled.

Disused Mine

Disused mine buildings in Rosedale, North York Moors

The UK once had a thriving mining industry. Those days are of course now long gone in this part of the world, but they have left reminders scattered about our landscapes. Evidence of mining is everywhere.