This is a neat half day ride that gives wonderful picnic views of the Langdale Pikes. I started from the common at Elterwater, where you can just about find free parking most mornings.
Head down into the village and out southwards towards Colwith. Almost immediately you have achoice of tarmac road or bridleway. Even with a basic racing cycle the bridleway is passable with care and climbs to higher,more dramatic views. I recommend this option.
Whichever is chosen turn right at either Colwith or Little Langdale and for a short spell dodge the traffic heading to and from Wyronose Pass. Take time to take in the view of Little Langdale Tarn to the south of the road.
As an aside for future tours there are wonderful bridleway routes wriggling through the lower fells all the way to Tilberthwaite, High Yewdale and Coniston.
Returning to our Langdale ride, take the next right towards Great Langdale.
A stiff pull taske the road past Blea Tarn, with its alien mass of Rhododendron woods on the opposite shore.
A little further on and the showstopping high point of the ride is revealled....one of the best views of the Langdale Pikes in all their glory (Pictured) . Panning from left to ride on a clear day you can view the Crinkles, Bowfell and facing staright across the valley the trio of the famous Pikes. After this panoramic break take great care on the steep switchback descent to Old Dungeon Ghyll for a welcome pint before following the main road back down the Great Langdale valley through Chapel Stile back to the starting point at Elterwater.
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