Dollywaggon & Grisedale Descent Mountain Bike Trail

About Dollywaggon & Grisedale Descent

Dollywaggon Pike is a mountain in the Helvellyn range of mountains in the Lake District, which sits between the Thirlmere and Ullswater valleys.

This trail is the bridleway descent off the south of the summit. The trail drops down to Grisedale Tarn followed by a blast down the valley of Grisedale itself. Eventually it leads to Patterdale, by Ullswater. Unfortunately recent path 'improvements' have made some of the bridleway technical to say the least. We're talking trials-style boulders and slow progress. That said, this is a classic bridleway route and if you're serious about mountain biking you have to be able to say you've done it.

Map of Dollywaggon & Grisedale Descent

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Map of Dollywaggon & Grisedale Descent Routes

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Helvellyn & Sticks Pass

Distance: 
12mi / 19km
Ascent: 
936m / 3,070ft
Offroad: 
83%
Difficulty: 
75%

This is a technical and strenuous route taking you to the summit and back of England’s highest peak legally accessible by mountain bike, Helvellyn.

Although this shouldn't be attempted by the faint-hearted, the promise of 954m of descending offers enough motivation to make all the climbing worth it. This combined with the breathtaking views across the Lake District and as far as Scotland on a clear day should be enough to put Helvellyn firmly on any serious mountain biker's to-do list. So what are you waiting for?