The Lake District High Mountains and High Passes
Summary: guiding, luxury camping, breakfasts, BBQ - £260 3 days £215 2 days
On WildBike's 'Toughness out of Ten' rating, it's a 9.5
Highest mountain, deepest lake, most summits, steepest road.......the English Lake District has them all. Swoopy, nadgery, rubbley, gnarly gnarr.....and any other adjective you could throw at a mountain biking trail - the Lakes has them all too.
WildBike is a Lake District specialist, offering more riding options here than any other company. We run three different MTB experiences in this stunning adventure playground: All Mountain, High Mountains & High Passes and The Epic Enduro Lap. Get in touch if you would like us to help you decide which is the perfect adventure for you.
During this High Mountains holiday we will tackle the high rideable summits of the Northern and Eastern Lake District - Helvellyn, Skiddaw and High Street (a big bulky ridge ride that provides one of the longest high level traverses in the UK). All of them close to, or above, 3000 feet. The passes that join it all together are full of epic riding too - Nan Bield, Sticks, Black Sail. The views on a good day are astounding and the adrenaline rush builds at the thought of the epic descent ahead.
Out of all our holidays, you will get the most from this trip if you are really up for a challenge. The ups are long and steep and you will be carrying or pushing your bike on some sections; the downs are fast, long and often loose and/or rocky. Technical sections are never too far around the corner!
Your Lake District WildBike BaseCamp
We choose our campsites for their blend of atmospheric loveliness and clean and modern facilities, always with plenty of hot showers!
In common with all our BaseCamps, your Lake District BaseCamp is nicely sheltered and has awesome views from the tent door right across Ullswater and over the Helvellyn range. On-site tea shop too in a rustic converted barn!
You will be able to ride straight out of BaseCamp onto the high mountain trails, yet we are only a short pedal from the pubs and cafes of Glenridding.
For more on our luxury BaseCamp set-up, click here.
- 2 or 3 days guiding by qualified guides in small groups
- 2 or 3 nights luxury WildBike BaseCamp accommodation with SoulPad common room and quality mountain tent for sleeping
- A Saturday evening BBQ, weather permitting
- 2 or 3 hearty breakfasts
- Optional transfer from and to Penrith railway station
- Coffee, tea, wine, beer
- Post-ride cake!
- Support of our MTB race van
- Bikewash, secure lock-up and mechanical support
- Some soul! Fresh coffee, great music, homemade cakes, lake swimming....
Is it for me?
This is tough big mountain riding where the outstanding rewards of the descents come with big climbs. You need to be comfortable with the thought of shouldering your bike (we can show you a few tips to make this quite a comfortable experience!), with potential exposure to some serious mountain weather, and with riding loose, rocky, long descents. So if you are ready with an AM or Enduro bike, a good coat, a good degree of fitness and bags of attitude....come on down for the ride of your life!
NEW...you can join this trip on the evening of 22nd or 23rd June 2017 for 3 or 2 days riding. Date options and availability will appear on the BOOKING FORM
For reference and as a guide, our base in Patterdale in the Lake District is 6 hours drive from the M25, 4 hours from the M42 around Birmingham and 3 hours from Manchester.
As part of our commitment to green travel, we offer a free pick-up and drop-off service from and to Penrith railway station.
After booking, your joining details will be sent to you 6 weeks before your holiday begins.