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Lake District - Ullswater

Electric Mountain Bike Weekend

Grade

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5

Duration

3 days

Prices from

£305 P.P.
United Kingdom

Lake District - Ullswater

Electric Mountain Bike Weekend

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

3 days

Prices from

£305 P.P.
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This is the perfect opportunity to join a group of like-minded electric mountain bike riders for a weekend exploring the rolling hills and fells of the dramatic Lake District. The area offers great riding for those of limited e-bike off-road riding experience or for those just wanting a great weekend away, away from their usual trails. During the rides you’ll experience a huge variety of off-road riding (all at a manageable level) that includes rocky tracks, tricky descents, rewarding climbs, exciting stream crossings and fun singletrack traverses, with the e-bike allowing you to discover more of the fun and flowing terrain.
The Lakes is very much the ‘stomping ground’ of many of our guides who over two days of great e-biking, will show you some of their favourite routes and secret trails. Our weekend base is the Cumbrian market town of Penrith from where each day’s route starts and finishes so as to maximise your time out on the bike.
Highlights include the descent to Howtown with its superb views down to Ullswater (The Lake District’s second largest lake), the beautiful Martindale Valley and the open scenery of the Askham and Barton fells. We’ll also immerse ourselves in the rich history of the area with the rides taking in the Lowther Estate - the home of the Yellow Earl, Norman Castles, Roman Forts and medieval manor houses.
You’ll have the security of our support vehicle each day which will meet you at various times and have snacks, drinks and the all-important lunch on board. You can also pop a spare battery in here should you wish. 
Evening meals are taken together at one of the great local pubs or restaurants and with the area famous for its local ales for those looking to sample some of the tastiest around you’ll not be disappointed.
If you are a group and like the sound of the weekend, but our set departures just don’t fit we’ll be happy to put on a weekend just for you. This weekend is also offered as an non e-bike weekend - contact us for details. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Sharing your ride with a group of electric mountain bikers
  • Singletrack that’s perfect for everyone to enjoy
  • Fantastic views across Ullswater to the majestic Helvellyn
  • Rock gardens, great descents and cheeky climbs
  • Biking along ancient tracks and Roman ‘roads’
  • Fun riding over the fells of the Northern Lakes

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Itinerary

Day 1
Friday Evening - Arrival
Non Cycling Day

Following your arrival at the weekend accommodation, you will be shown where you can store your bike (if bringing your own for the weekend) and to your room. Most people tend to arrive early evening, but if you do wish to arrive earlier in the day and get in a few extra miles on your own, then do let us know.

In the evening we will be meeting as a group in a local pub, where over a drink and something to eat there will be an informal chat about the events of the weekend. For our weekends we use a selection of quality B&Bs and small guesthouses / hotels, which provide us with a great base for these weekends and offer a warm welcome after a day in the saddle.

Tonight is a good opportunity to get to know our MIAS (Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme) qualified guides who represent Skedaddle’s enthusiastic and friendly attitude to mountain biking as well as the other bikers on your weekend.

Day 2
Saturday Ride: Lowther Estate - Barton Fell
31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Heading out from Penrith, today’s route initially sees us heading through the beautiful and historic grounds of the Lonsdale Family and through the Lowther Estate, home of the Yellow Earl, Hugh Lowther (the 5th Earl of Lonsdale) – a colourful character in more ways than one, whose love of yellow was replicated in the cars he owned and the uniforms for his servants. A few miles of winding lakeland trails follow before we reach the Cockpit Stone Circle.

This Bronze Age site marked the crossroads of two trading routes; one from the stone circles of Long Meg and her Daughters and the other to Castlerigg. It’s from here that we have a somewhat technical climb onto Barton Fell and then up higher still to Loadpot Hill on a great section of singletrack. You’ll now be at a height of 671 metres between Haweswater and Ullswater and from this lofty vantage point the views of the Pennines and the Lake District are superb.

We then start our homeward journey that sees us descending to the lovely hamlet of Butterwick before we head through the village of Helton once more. From here it’s very much an undulating route back to Penrith, as we weave our way along quiet country lanes and well-surfaced off-road tracks back to our accommodation.

Washed and brushed up our evening meal is taken at a local pub that is situated a short stroll away from the accommodation.

Day 3
Sunday Ride: Howtown - Ullswater
25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Heading out straight from the accommodation and Penrith we soon pass-by the Norman Castle of Brougham situated next to Brocavum Roman Fort, overlooking the River Eamont. From here we are soon winding our way to the fells and on route pass-by the historic Brougham Hall, which was sold by the 4th Lord Brougham (the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo to pay off gambling debts!) The lovely hamlet of Helton is next before a cheeky Skedaddle climb that will take us up to the open moorland of Askham Fell.

From here the views down to Ullswater below and across to Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Saddleback are superb. With some decent ascents now behind us we head down to Howtown. Whilst tricky in places the descent offers a speedy ride for more experienced bikers, whilst others can take their time and enjoy the trail as they hone their skills.

After exploring the Martindale Valley (with its ancient church) a road section then leads us alongside Ullswater from Howtown to Pooley Bridge. One more steep section over Heugh Scar follows and we are soon back at Askham.

From here we wind our way back to Penrith and our accommodation where the ride concludes. Here you’ll be able to change and take a shower before departing. For those heading home by train we’ll drop you off at Penrith station for your scheduled return journey.

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The Cycling

Terrain

The Ullswater e-mountain biking weekend offers you a range of riding over different types of terrain.

As well as short sections of quiet roads and dual track bridleways, you’ll ride over rocky tracks, take on steeper descents, rewarding ascents, exciting stream crossings and singletrack traverses, all within the capabilities of those with limited experience of off-road riding or for those just wanting a great fun weekend!

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Mountain Biking Grade

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Grade 2 - 3: Gentle/ Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays

20-35 miles / 30-55 kms per day

Off-road routes with occasional difficult and technical sections over undulating terrain requiring good general fitness

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Holidays that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. A day on the bike would see you exploring bridleways, dirt roads and grassy trails. You‘re fairly new to mountain biking or perhaps looking to gain experience on rough offroad trails. If you have all day available and you can cover up to 30 miles. If this sounds like you then you might enjoy our grade 2-3 trips.

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Dates & Prices

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Late Availability

We want you to know which holidays are coming up soon, so you don’t miss out! If a trip has this symbol beside it, it means you don’t have long to snap up your place.

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
* 08/10/2021
Return Date
10/10/2021
Duration
3 days
Price
£305.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)

B) Meals as itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full support service including a guide qualified in First Aid and a back up vehicle carrying spares, snacks and extra equipment not needed on your bike

D) GPX files available upon request

E) Scheduled train station transfers on arrival and departure days

What's not Included Cross

A) e-Bike hire (available on request)

B) Train tickets and charges for travelling with your bike

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, etc.)

H) Transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival /

departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

If travelling by car your destination is Penrith where you will be able to leave your car at or near the accommodation for the duration of the weekend.

If travelling by train we ask that you arrive and depart from Penrith train station.

Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific schedules that we recommend for your specific weekend and do check with us before booking your travel to ensure it fits with the weekend schedule.

Accommodation

For this UK e-Mountain Biking weekend we use a great friendly guesthouse in the centre of Penrith.

For those travelling with their own bike this may be securely stored here.

This weekend is operated on a twin-share basis although single rooms are available to book for a supplement, subject to availability.

Please request this option at the time of booking.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we are able to locally source electric bikes.

These bikes are either 27.5 or 29er high quality full-suspension or front suspension bikes with components suitable for this particular weekend. The exact make and model will vary from trip to trip.

If you do decide to hire we can include a helmet (though always nicer to bring your own though!!) and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets before your trip.

Should you choose to hire you are welcome to bring your own saddle with you, and if you use clip-in pedals / SPDs you will need to bring these along.

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