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Boredale and Eastern Flanks of Ullswater

Tucked away behind Place Fell the Boredale bridleway is a well established classic mountain bike descent. The normal way of Cyclist at Ullswater photo by Dave Willis, courtesy of the Cumbria Photo Librarydoing it is as a brief loop around Place Fell but with judicious use of the Ullswater 'Steamers' as a link, a neat route can be worked out from either Pooley Bridge or Glenridding that takes in the Boredale descent and for added value includes the equally classic descent from Moor Divock to Howtown.

There is a steep ascent to Boredale Hause at the start of the ride and there are a couple of brief technical passages so this ride falls squarely into the experienced riders remit, but if you have ridden the rough stuff before and have bags of enthusiasm then this is the route for you.

  • Start: Glenridding Steamer pier car park, GR NY389169
  • Finish: Pooley Bridge car park, GR NY470244
  • Distance: 18.6 miles (30km)
  • Grade: Medium - Challenge
  • Refreshments: Cafes: Glenridding, Patterdale, Pooley Bridge
  • Pubs: Glenridding, Patterdale, Pooley Bridge, Howtown
    Shops: Glenridding, Patterdale, Pooley Bridge

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Further information

Ullswater Information Centre, Main Car Park, Glenridding
Telephone: 017684 82414

Penrith Tourist Information Centre, Middlegate, Penrith
Telephone: 01768 867466

Ullswater 'Steamers', The Pier House, Glenridding, Penrith
Telephone: 017684 82229