Sty Head Mountain Bike Trail

Map of Sty Head Routes

All Routes for Sty Head

Sty Head & Stake Pass

Stake Pass
Distance: 
18mi / 29km
Ascent: 
1,236m / 4,055ft
Offroad: 
82%
Difficulty: 
82%

This difficult route, crossing two mountain passes in the central Lake District, starts in the stunning Great Langdale valley. It climbs out of the head of the valley over tough, rocky terrain to Angle Tarn, after which it levels out and passes Sprinkling Tarn and Styhead Tarn. From here it enjoys the northern descent of Sty Head to Seathwaite in the Borrowdale valley.

The return leg sees you following the scenic track along the banks of Langstrath Beck before the terrain jerks skyward as it follows the Cumbria Way for a killer climb of Stake Pass. This soon pays for itself however with the technical, but wholly rideable and enjoyable descent back into Great Langdale.