Ullswater & Boredale Figure of Eight Mountain Bike Route

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This route is a variation on our Ullswater & Bannerdale Figure of Eight route and takes in some of the best Ullswater, in the Lake District, has to offer. From our preferred starting point in Patterdale, we start the ride with the climb of the mountain pass, Boredale Hause, before we drop into the fast singletrack descent into Boredale.

A section of road brings us to the next part of the ride, a climb to The Cockpit stone circle and then the amazing Cockpit to Howtown descent.

But the fun never stops! Up next we have yet the infamous Ullswater Lakeside path, you will either love it or hate it, but this is a section of trail you really must do. The trail roughly follows the lakeside from here, with lots of undulation, and it is an absolute rock-fest!


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Our preferred starting point for this route is the car park opposite the Patterdale Hotel in Patterdale, on the south-western tip of Ullswater in the Lake District. It can also be started from Pooley Bridge, or anywhere along the road on Ullswater's eastern bank.

Take a left out of the car park and head along the road, passing the Patterdale Hotel and the White Lion inn. After about 2km, take the bridleway on your left at Bridgend and, crossing Deepdale Beck, follow it across the fields before crossing another stream, Goldrill Beck.

Follow the clear path ahead as it zig-zags then heads in a northerly direction, climbing steeply onto the fell. This can be a tough climb, just keep at it until you reach the mountain pass, Boredale Hause. At this take a moment to notice the trail headed up Beda Fell to your right and, unless you want more climbing, be grateful you've picked this route rather than the Ullswater & Bannerdale route that heads up that way.

Cross the pass onto the fast and fun singletrack descent straight ahead of you and have a blast as you drop into Boredale. Once you reach the road at Boredale Head just carry on. Take the right fork in the road after a couple of km, then cross the bridge shortly after. Continue until you see the church on your right.

Climb the grassy track on the right of the church and follow it as it bears left before descending to Howtown. Cross the ford and then turn right onto the road and enjoy this quick downhill blast. When you reach a t-junction, turn right and prepare for a bit of road work, albeit with excellent views across Ullswater. Follow the road for approximately 5km until you reach the cross-roads near Pooley Bridge.

Take a right at the crossroads, climbing towards Roehead. At Roehead, go through the gate and continue climbing the doubletrack for a km or so to the crossroads. Turn right here and soon you will reach The Cockpit stone circle, a perfect spot for a lunch break.

The route from here heads towards the treeline you can see above Ullswater, over to your right. Take the path leading this way, taking the right fork rather than the left one that climbs Loadpot Hill. Ford the stream just before you reach the corner of the woods and get read for where the real downhill starts.

Drop you saddle and get ready for one of the UK's best natural trails. Enjoy the views over Ullswater as you enjoy this excellent blast. Just keep going all the way until you eventually reach a gate with a 'cyclists dismount' sign. Dismount and go through the gate, passing the house on your left and taking a left off the road when you see the ford to your left. Ford the stream and climb the trail you recently descended. When you reach the church, drop down the hill you climbed earlier, bringing you out on the road. Turn left on the road and follow it, this time taking the right fork, towards Sandwick.

At Sandwick, take the bridelway on your left. This is the humble beginnings of the famous Ullswater Lakeside path. Continue to follow this path as it twists and turns through rocks, forest and lake. Ignore the turn on your left after about 3km. Keep to the lower trail as you round Silver Crag. Continue, past the small campsite, until you soon find yourself back at Patterdale.

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