Friday, August 26, 2005

Bakewell "Bumpy" Ride

26th August 2005.

Bakewell, Peak District.

Gatecrasher Steve

Which way?
Bakewell > Chatsworth > Bakewell (loop).

Is it published?
Yes. This is a shortened version of Route 19, Bakewell – Chatsworth, in “Mountain Biking in the Peak District”, omitting the loop around Aaron Hole Plantation (points C - H).

Tracklog file? (What’s this?)
Yes. Download from here.

Singletrack climb above Bakewell.
Long unchallenging climb through Edensor and beyond along gravel road.
Twisty, rooty, technical singletrack descent to Bakewell.
Great views of Chatsworth House.

A sunny jaunt out of Bakewell while Hayley and "Bump"– she was over 40 weeks pregnant at the time – fed the ducks in Bakewell.

Route details
Distance: 7.4 miles
Duration: 90 minutes (elapsed)
Ascent: 400 feet?
% off-road: About 70%?
Technical difficulty: 3/5
Fitness difficulty: 2/5

There is a route map in PDF format here (3.6MBytes).
Alternatively see the Tracklog file (above).

This is a shortened version of “Mountain Biking in the Peak District” Route 19, Bakewell – Chatsworth (page 92), omitting the loop around Aaron Hole Plantation (points C - H).

What else?
This is a short ride punctuated by some challenging little climbs, particularly above Bakewell where the single track climb through the trees gets steep and slightly technical. Descents are mostly across rolling fields until the last one towards Bakewell which is surprisingly technical (steep, twisty and rooty).


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