Returning June 2023
Both the short (25km) and long (46km) courses start and finish outside Wheelbase in Staveley Mill Yard. The starts are grouped at 5 minute intervals between 11.30 and 13.00. Start times will be allocated on entry.
Entries are available for both the long and short course for the following categories:
- Solo (male or female)
- Team (groups of 3 or 4)
Each of these categories will also be available to riders using electric mountain bikes.
In addition, the following category is available for the short course:
- 'Youth & Experience' (2, 3 or 4 riders with at least 1 rider under 16 years old and 1 rider over 18 years old)
Route maps will be available on the day of the event, and the courses are well signed with marshals at regular intervals. There are a number of checkpoints around the course where riders must log in and light refreshments will be available. All riders get an end of event meal courtesy of Wilf’s café.
Everyone is then welcome to join in our post-event bash with live bands and presentations in the Hawkshead Brewery beer hall in Staveley Mill Yard from 6.00 pm.
Starting from the Mill Yard head north up Haw Lane, then take the bridleway to the south of Skeggles Water and down into the Longsleddale valley.
Follow the bridleway along the valley to Till's Hole then join the road and head north-west to checkpoint 1 at Sadgill (grid ref. SE 484057).
Take the bridleway south then west over to Brockstones, then Low Lane track into Green Quarter and down the road into Kentmere village (checkpoint 2 SE 457039).
Follow the road south for a short distance before heading up Green Quarter to the west of Skeggles Water to the derelict barn (checkpoint 5 SE 473033), then south back to Staveley Head Fell and turning west to descend through HP Plantation.
From here take the road back to the finish point at the Mill Yard (SE 472983).
Follow the same route as the short course until checkpoint 2 at Kentmere.
Please not that riders undertaking the Long Course must reach the Kentmere checkpoint (checkpoint 2) by 2.30pm to be allowed to continue on the full Long Course. After 2.30pm Long Course riders will be asked to instead complete the Short Course. This is in the interest of the Long Course marshal's welfare.
From checkpoint 2 take the Garburn Pass over into Troutbeck valley (checkpoint 3 at SE 413028).
After the checkpoint do a loop of the valley before riding up Moor Howe road then along the tracks up to High House and over Micklemoss to descend back into Kentmere (checkpoint 4 SE 457039).
From here finish over Green Quarter via checkpoint 5 as for the short course
So, after taking on some of the toughest (and muddiest!), tracks in Kentmere, you don't want to have to think about cleaning your bike! Luckily, you don't have to! Cumbria Fire & Rescue will be on hand again this year with their 'Big Bike Wash'.
Available after you've crossed the finish line, make sure you get your bike hosed down to support Cumbria Fire & Rescue (hosing down of riders optional...)
Throughout the day, you will be able to buy tickets for our now legendary Prize Raffle. With prizes in the past ranging from a mountain bike to spokey dokeys, and a night in a Tipi to cool technical clothing, this year we will be selling tickets for an equally eclectic range of goodies. All the proceeds go to Cancer Research UK and worthy charities and good causes in Staveley so make sure you get your tickets on the day for your chance to win some fantastic prizes.
After a great day, you need a great night!
All riders get an end of event meal courtesy of Wilf’s café and presentations take place in the Hawkshead Brewery beer hall in Staveley Mill Yard from 6.30 pm.
Then it's the after event party!
With live bands, a well stocked beer hall and the chance to win some fantastic prizes, it really is worth staying for!
Thanks to the very generous support from the Hawkshead Brewery, the 2022 post-event bash featured The Howling Clowns!!