Castle Crag Descent Mountain Bike Trail

About Castle Crag Descent

This loose-surfaced yet fast descent from Castle Crag to Grange in Borrowdale in the Lake District has all the necessary components for adrenaline-fuelled epic fun. One of the two major descents that form the classic Borrowdale Bash route, this wide but rough trail down Broadslack Gill is usually the reward for climbing Honister Pass.

The gradient drops off in a downward direction where the trail passes below Castle Crag (which is well worth a visit - but is not accessible by bike). It then follows the gill for a blindingly fast descent down to the banks of the River Derwent. A left here brings you to Hollows Farm camp site and the quaint hamlet of Grange, via an easy double track.

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Borrowdale Bash

Overlooking Derwent Water from the Borrowdale Bash route
Distance: 
17mi / 27km
Ascent: 
774m / 2,539ft
Offroad: 
38%
Difficulty: 
67%

This classic Lake District mountain bike route starts and ends in Keswick and performs a full loop around the picturesque Derwent Water and Borrowdale valley. Despite being reasonably easy effort wise, the Borrowdale Bash includes several miles of wonderful technical singletrack and beautiful views across Keswick, Derwent Water, Skiddaw and the fells beyond.

As mentioned the route starts in Keswick (making it easy to access directly from the A66). The first leg takes the road south along the east bank of Derwent Water before climbing into the fells past Ashness Bridge and towards Watendlath Tarn. Birkett's Leap then drops you back into the Borrowdale valley and climbs the other side where it descends once again, flanking High Scawdel and returning north to Keswick via the Allerdale Ramble high above the west bank of Derwent Water.