Boredale occupies a rather secretive and isolated position behind Place Fell on the east side of Ullswater. The road, from the north into the dale climbs a tortuous little pass and as this is a cul-de-sac it attracts few people and little traffic. The only other route into Boredale is via a bridleway from Patterdale which crosses the southern ridge of Place Fell at Boredale Hause. Originally this bridleway was the link between the two communities, being the most direct, either mounted or on foot, but as with many other ‘Social Roads’ the advent of motor transport has seen its use diminish. As a mountain bike ride this route is ideal. The bridleway is well-graded throughout its length – although some pushing/carrying will be necessary on the ascent from Patterdale to Boredale Hause. Once Boredale is gained a return trip can be made via the pleasant bridleway which skirts the eastern shores of Ullswater. This bridleway is a popular route for walkers and has many blind corners and summits, so care should be taken. Terrain: Valley, mountain pass, steep sided valley and lake shore.
Patterdale - Bordale Hause - Sandwick - Patterdale
3 - 4 hours