Sticks Pass Mountain Bike Trail

About Sticks Pass

Sticks Pass is a mountain pass in the Lake District. It passes from Glenridding in the east to Legburthwaite (near Thirlmere) in the west, and crosses the Helvellyn range at 745m (2,445ft), between the peaks of Raise and Stybarrow Dodd.

As an ascent it is probably best ridden east to west, being about 60-70% ridable in this direction. As a descent both directions offer fun singletrack riding, again, with the eastern side down to Glenridding being the best.

On clear days you will have fantastic views across both the Ullswater and Thirlmere valleys and beyond.

Map of Sticks Pass

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Map of Sticks Pass Routes

All Routes for Sticks Pass

Helvellyn Ridge & The Old Coach Road

Distance: 
17mi / 27km
Ascent: 
1,338m / 4,389ft
Offroad: 
80%
Difficulty: 
82%

Our second Helvellyn route (the first is here) takes a slightly different approach. We tried to consider which of the many bridleways on the ridge are actually the most ridable, and this is what we came up with.

This route starts one the Thirlmere side of the Helvellyn range, from the car park at Thirlspot. We climb from here on an old pony track onto the ridge, a lot of which is surprisingly rideable. After a quick there-and-back of the summit (ok then, maybe not quick!), the route follows the whole ridge from south to north before descending from Great Dodd on grassy singletrack. Finally, a blast along the Old Coach Road and a short road section gets you back to the car.

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?