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Cycle Event, Sat 11 Jul 2020, £25-£35

Kirkstone Pass

Kirkstone Pass


Distance - 69 miles or 33 miles

Ascent - 7557 ft / 2304 mtrs or 2549 ft / 777 mtrs

Event Hq - Lowther Castle

New for the 2020 season - and part of the exciting new Festival of Cycling weekend at the historic Lowther Castle near Penrith in the North Cumbria - it is a challenging route that passes through some stunning scenery, as it winds its way around lake shores, up and over notable climbs and descents - quiet roads, remote lanes and scenic villages of the North Lakes area to be savoured throughout the day.

You will leave The Castle grounds and ride through the village of Askham then along the narrow lanes that head to Pooley Bridge and the shores of Ullswater, having ridden the entire length of the northern shore.  It is soon time to knuckle down  for the challenging ascent of Kirkstone Pass - 20% plus in places and rated #83 of Britain's Top 100 Climbs.

Then an exciting downhill takes you past Troutbeck and towards the village of Staveley, remote lanes are then followed towards the hidden roman road that runs between Howtown and Tebay.

More quiet country lanes are then ridden through the Eden District to the east of the M6, winding their way back to Lowther Castle, where you can enjoy the rest of the festival.
The shorter route is no less picturesque - exploring as it does some remote lanes and quiet villages in around the Lowther Castle Estates

free parking on tarmac
on site toilets and changing
entry on event day available (cash only please)
mechanical support
1st aiders en route
100% waymarked course
quiet roads and lanes throughout
British Cycling Public Liability insurance cover
1 x well stocked feed station en route
friendly marshals and helpers
times published online post event
broom wagons
post ride snacks and drinks
free entry into Saturdays Festival of Cycling event
souvenir event medals and clothing available for purchase

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 11 Jul 2020 10:00 to 17:00
Rider registration will open at 0830 on the day


Short route - £25.00 online - £30.00 entry on the day (cash only)
Long Route - £30.00 online - £35.00 on the day (cash only)


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 11 Jul North Lakes 69 and 33 mile Loops


CA10 2HH


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Map reference: NY 527240  Lat: 54.60939 Long: -2.73289

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