Follow in the tracks of Rough Stuff Fellowship pioneers through the Lake District National Park – the English Alps – home to fine fells, Wainwright, water speed records, Grasmere Gingerbread … and pass storming.
“…we follow the lonely valley for quite a distance, before a deserted cabin, the only sign of man, within it marks the spot where an almost invisible track up a craggy ravine leads to the summit of Black Sail Pass, whence a long and steep descent drops down to Wastwater.”
25 September – 27 September 2020
0km // 0m+
MEET – EVENING
Arrive whenever you can on the Friday night. Prep bikes for early-ish departure on Saturday morning. Hot Food Provided 🙂
50km // +1400m
35% tarmac / 65% gravel-trails
A great day out on the bikes, as we head straight out and up past the Old Man of Coniston, across Harter Fell and around Wastwater – the slate black, scree sloped body of water surrounded by England’s biggest peaks. The last task of the day is a Pass Storm over Black Sail Pass. The reward? A hearty hot meal and drinks around the fire somewhere special…
Accommodation: Remote Bunkhouse
80km // +1400m
75% tarmac / 25% gravel
The return leg to Coniston, back via an old mountain pass, and the funkiest touring stop going: ye olde Grasmere Gingerbread shop…
>> Adventure Bike & Accessories
>> Bikepacking Bags
>> 2 days of guided adventure cycling
>> All accommodation, in stunningly located, characterful remote YHA properties
>> Cooked Breakfasts & Evening Meals
>> Travel to and from Coniston
>> Riding Insurance (required for overseas tours – see FAQ)
>> Posh / Alcoholic drinks
*Please see Trip FAQ/Field Notes for more info, and note about booking travel before a tour is guaranteed*
Coniston is on NCN Route 37. Please feel free to contact us for advice on cycling routes to the joining location.
Nearest Stations: Oxenholme / Windermere
Parking is available. Please let us know if you’re planning on travelling in your own vehicle. We can be in touch about opportunities for car-shares etc.
Nearest Airports: Manchester / Leeds / Glasgow
FAQ / Field Notes
Lakeland Pass Stormer Tour
Joining instructions >>
The tour starts and ends just outside Coniston, England.
The riding starts early Saturday morning, but please aim to arrive on the Friday evening, to allow time to set up bikes, and kit etc. If you are bringing your own bike we recommend you allow more time to re-build / sort your bike on the Friday evening as there will be limited time before we ride off on Saturday morning.
Full joining instructions including parking information, addresses and timings will be sent out to all riders in plenty of time before departure.
Please do not book non refundable travel before a tour has been guaranteed to go ahead [see our general FAQs]
Bike details >>
This tour is across mixed terrain – you will encounter paved road, gravel, rocks and sometimes mud. We recommend using a gravel/cyclocross/adventure bike with a minimum tyre width of 38mm. A cross country mountain bike would also be well suited to the terrain. A typical road bike is not suitable for the riding on this tour.
Our hire bikes for this tour are Surly Straggler adventure bikes with low gearing, 700c X 41mm tyres and a Brooks Cambium saddle. Please note: This is subject to change if, for example, we have too much demand for specific sizes.
Food & Drink >>
Included are: two evening meals, two breakfasts, hot and soft drinks throughout.
We put a lot of planning and effort into making sure our tourers are very well fed and watered whilst out with us, so there is no fear of going hungry. Please feel free to bring your favourite riding snacks with you, though. You can expect hot meals in the evening, and waking up to fresh cooked breakfasts and nice hot drinks in the morning.
During the day’s riding we visit traditional Lake District villages and establishments. Lunches and snack stops are not included in the tour price, mainly to offer totally flexibility and choice to you…
Dietary Requirements >>
We are, of course, happy and able to cater for all. Please let us know as soon as possible about any requirements (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free) or allergies so we can work on meal plans and contact the eateries we visit, if required.
The accommodation on this tour is all owned by YHA (Youth Hostel Association). The buildings are all located in incredible locations offering a fantastic wilderness experience. The accommodation is basic with shared facilities, bunk rooms and large communal eating/ social areas. Imagine a fancy bunkhouse/bothy with running hot water, heating and proper beds…
What to bring >>
Bike (if not hiring from us)
Cycling kit, jackets, shoes, gloves, helmet and pedals
Bikepacking bags (if not hiring from us)
Travel/Lightweight-Packable Towel (or hire at the bunkhouses)
Off-the-bike Clothing – warm layers, warm jacket, warm hat
Off-the-bike Shoes – for use at accommodation
Favourite Ride Snacks (we do provide food and snacks)
General Information >>
Most nationalities do not need a visa to visit the UK. If you are unsure, please check gov.uk for details.
There are no mandatory vaccinations for the UK.
You will need a passport or identity card that is valid for the entirety of your stay.
Average temps for the Lakes in September are between 15° / 5° Celsius. We hope to have warm and sunny weather but rainfall can’t be ruled out. Please pack appropriately.
Local currency is GBP£
All evening meals, breakfasts, soft and hot drinks are included in the tour price. However, you will need to bring cash for any alcoholic drinks you wish to purchase. A beer can cost between £3-£4. Card payments are not accepted at overnight accommodation.
Health and Fitness, and previous experience
This is one of our more strenuous tours. Please make sure you have read through the itinerary and are confident you can complete the distances and elevation listed before booking. There are sections on this tour where it is necessary to carry/push our bike over rocky areas, please make sure you are prepared for this.
Please make us aware of any ongoing injuries or health issues before traveling with us. This information will be requested before departure as it is vital we know of anything before heading to remote areas.
If you are an overseas visitor on this Camp, you are likely to need riding insurance. Please contact us for info.