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Lake District Passes

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Take on the toughest climbs the Lake District has to offer in this stunning, fully supported 2 day event. Riders will take on over 100 miles over the two days with 1 night's accommodation, catering and guides all included. Come along for an unforgettable weekend in spectacular surroundings.
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Lake District Passes
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Sat 4th Sep 2021
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Ambleside, United Kingdom
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20 to 50m elevation gain per km

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Location
Ambleside LA22, UK
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Lake District Passes
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109mi
£240.00 - £360.00
Route information
The Lakeland Passes is a two day cycling experience that takes riders through the heart of the stunning Lake District. It is Cycle Britain's take on the famous Fred Whitton sportive, which even over two days is a tough challenge! But it allows more riders to take on this wonderful route in stunning surroundings.
The route will travel over challenging terrain with 6 of the Lake District's most spectacular climbs. These mountain passes have grown famous among cyclists creating a mixture of fear and excitement! The support of Cycle Britain allows a range of cyclists to take on these brutal climbs, and the rite of passage for all keen riders. The Lake District National Park offers a stunning landscape for this tour, providing panoramic views of glittering lakes and epic mountains.
The support from Cycle Britain allows you to just enjoy the wonderful cycling and not worry about anything else. The support vehicle will work hard behind the scenes, carrying your bags, preparing lunch and snacks and assisting with any medical or mechanical problems. The guides will lead the way giving you helpful tips along the route.
Day 1
Ambleside to Cockermouth
59.6 miles
From the beautiful shore of Lake Windermere in Ambleside, it won't stay flat for long before you reach Kirkstone Pass, climbing to 454 metres and the highest elevation of the route. After the beautiful descent a flat section will take you past Ullswater through a coliseum of mountains. But don't get too comfortable because Honister Pass awaits. The gradient is brutal, topping out at 25% taking you up to 356 metres before the steep and twisting descent requires extreme caution.
The climbing doesn't stop with little respite before climbing Newlands Pass, then Whinlatter Pass. Your efforts will be rewarded with stunning views at the top of Newlands, and a beautiful forested climb all the way to the top of Whinlatter. Finally the hard work is done and you can enjoy rolling down through Lorton Valley to your accommodation in Hundith Hall.
Day 2
Cockermouth to Ambleside
49 miles
After a flat start through the Lorton Valley allows you to get your legs going again, after 15 miles you will reach the first major climb of the day. Cold Fell is tough on the mind with multiple false summits and tough on the legs with 290 metres to climb. The next section will include some small climbs and undulations but are nothing compared to whats coming...
Hardknott Pass is the toughest climb of all, reaching gradients of 33% on the toughest hairpins. Few cyclists will make it to the top without walking the steep sections, but after 96 miles of riding, even getting to the top on foot is to be commended! After the twisting fast descent, Wrynose Pass is the last challenge left, and reaching 25% it provides one last brutal test. After the cautious descent, riders will have 7 miles of flatter terrain to take you back where you started, to complete the Lakeland Passes!
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What's included
  • 1 Night Accommodation
  • Full Vehicle Support
  • Expert staff, guides and mechanics
  • Food - breakfast, lunches and snacks
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Route plans
  • Free nutrition, training and bike setup guides
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How to get there
Ambleside LA22, UK
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The event starts and finishes in Ambleside
By Car
Ambleside is situated in the centre of the Lake District and can be accessed from the A591.
By Train
The nearest train station is Windermere, four miles away.
Accommodation
The tour includes 1 Night Accommodation at the Hundith Hill Hotel which is a beautiful Country House in the Lorton Valley. You will have a comfortable night's stay with beautiful views and a delicious locally-sourced dinner.
Event day logistics
This is a 2 day guided cycling event from the 4th - 5th September. It includes accommodation, catering and baggage transfer.
Booking Options
Cycle Britain offer a variety of support options for this tour:
Fully Supported: Single Room
Two days of fully supported and guided cycling, lunch, drinks, bed and breakfast based on single occupancy.
Fully Supported: Shared Room
Two days of fully supported and guided cycling, lunch, drinks, bed and breakfast based on shared occupancy.
Supported: Single Room
Two days of fully supported cycling, lunch, drinks, bed and breakfast based on single occupancy.
Supported: Shared Room
Two days of fully supported cycling, lunch, drinks, bed and breakfast based on shared occupancy.
Self Guided: Single Room
Two days of self guided cycling, lunch, bed and breakfast based on single occupancy.
Self Guided: Shared Room
Two days of self guided cycling, lunch, bed and breakfast based on shared occupancy.
Accommodation
The tour includes 1 Night Accommodation at the Hundith Hill Hotel which is a beautiful Country House in the Lorton Valley. You will have a comfortable night's stay with beautiful views and a delicious locally-sourced dinner.
Food
The tour includes breakfast, lunches, snacks and an evening meal at the Hundith Hotel.
Routes
Route notes will be from Komoot who partner the event. Full route notes will become available as soon as you are booked on the tour.
Daily Luggage Transfer
The support team will carry your bags between hotels so you don’t have to!
Mandatory Kit
You are required to provide your own bike and helmet. Get in touch with Cycle Britain if you have any questions regarding whether your equipment is appropriate.
Travel Insurance is also highly recommend.
Trip Suitability
This is a Grade 4 tour which means it is suitable ‘for those that want a challenge. These routes provide a challenge to complete steep climbs and descents’ and involve ’60 – 100 miles per day.’
The average daily distance is 55 miles. Over two days, you will climb 3,000 metres.
FAQ's
What level of support is offered?
This trip has full vehicle support meaning everything you need is taken care of. Cycle Britain will deliver your bags to your hotel and provide breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinner. The guides will lead the way and offer coaching technique to improve your climbing and descending abilities.
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What level of fitness do I need to be?
This is a Grade 4 tour which means it is suitable ‘for those that want a challenge'. These routes provide a challenge to complete steep climbs and descents’ and involve '60 – 100 miles per day.' The average daily distance is 55 miles. Over two days, you will climb 3,000 metres.
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Do you cater for vegans and vegetarians?
Absolutely! Inform the organiser in advance of any dietary requirements and they will be glad to cater to you.
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