Ladies of the Lakes

 Helvellyn, Lake District. Photo by Roo Fowler

Helvellyn, Lake District. Photo by Roo Fowler

Having spent a good deal of time working on Women's only guided days, trips and events in the last few years, we're firm believers that being surrounded by other like-minded women, in a supportive, fun and friendly environment, can be just what's needed to show some lasses that they are stronger riders than they believe! So we decided we wanted to dedicate one of our trips as Women's only to cater for the growing market of girls looking for this kind of adventure riding.

We ran this trip in 2018 and it was a great few days of awesome riding, great banter, post-ride beers in the sunshine, and so much laughter our sides were hurting! We're excited to now announce the dates for 2019, whoop!

On this trip we ride the same trails as on our Lakeland Mountain Epic, but there'll just be a little less testosterone in the air! So if you're a strong rider who wants to get into some of the more adventurous riding that the UK has to offer, all in a fun, unpressured group where the emphasis is on having a great time, meeting new friends and sharing laughs on and off the bike, come and join us!

This trip is definitely not for novice riders. We know there are loads of trips and skills courses aimed at women who are new to the sport, and we love that so many more girls are realising how awesome the sport is. 

But what about those women who have passed this stage, who have become competent riders and want to experience more real mountain biking, but are daunted by the thought of doing so as potentially the sole female in a group of male riders? Or those who want to break free from Trail Centre riding and get out onto the natural trails for bigger adventures? And the many rad ladies who ride just as hard as the guys but are looking for a holiday to explore a new area, and want to do so in a group of other like-minded women where they know there'll be plenty of laughs, good banter, and a relaxed atmosphere. And those who might spend most of their time riding with a group of male friends or their partner, but fancy meeting some fellow lasses to shred the trails with.

If any of these sound like you, then our trip has your name on it!

Big Mountain epics amongst some of the Country's most spectacular scenery is what we're all about. You have to earn your descents with some challenging climbs, but boy are they worth it! Fast, rough, long and rocky trails from Mountain summits, across high passes, through wild valleys and alongside beautiful Lakes. We've handpicked our favourite adventurous routes to share with you on this exciting trip, those that take you deep and high into the heart of the Lake District to experience the magical riding found in these stunning mountains.

We’ve put together a 3 day package trip, aiming to take as much of the stress out of booking a riding holiday as possible. Almost everything is included other than the cost of getting to the pick up points (give us a shout and we can advise you on the best way to do this) to make this a hassle-free, cost-effective, simple way to visit this fantastic area, leaving you with nothing to worry about other than enjoying the riding and your holiday.


price

£450

(Non-refundable Deposit at time of booking £225)

 

Dates available

Saturday May 25th - Monday May 27th 2019

 

What's included?

  • 2 nights quality hotel accommodation (shared twin)

  • Secure overnight bike storage

  • 2 hearty 2-course evening meals

  • 2 delicious cooked breakfasts

  • 3 packed lunches

  • 3 days of guided riding from experienced guides

  • Small groups of 7 riders or less

  • Van support

What's not?

  • Travel to pick up points

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks in evenings

 
 Lake District adventures. Image: Phil Hall

Lake District adventures. Image: Phil Hall


Trip details:

pick up/drop off

We'll meet at an easily accessible location in the South Lakes on Friday morning, where vehicles can be left for the duration of the trip. We'll spend the rest of the day riding in this area, before heading to our hotel accommodation that evening.

On Sunday, once we finish riding we will return to the South Lakes meeting point for roughly 5.30pm, leaving plenty of driving time for those with long journeys home.

If you have any questions about travel via train or plane please don't hesitate to get in contact and we'll try to make it as easy as possible for you to get here!

HOTEL/FOOD

Staying in a good quality hotel which is relatively central to all our riding means we can both ride from the door on some days, and use the van to access different areas on others, returning back to the comfort of the Hotel, and a hearty meal and well-earned drink there each night.

The hotels we use are generally small country inns with bar and restaurant attached. Friendly staff, cosy fireplaces, food cooked using local produce, and places used to welcoming outdoor folk (so not worried about muddy bikes and kit!).

The rooms are all twin, or occasionally triple share, en-suite and comfortable and spacious enough to allow you a good place to relax and recover after an epic day out on your bike. Unfortunately due to the size of the hotels, single rooms are not an option.  

Breakfast will vary, but will consist of cereals, toast and porridge, tea, coffee and juice, as well as full-cooked options each day. Dinner is served at the places we stay, and is from a 2 - course menu, with good sized portions. All dietary requirements can be catered for, we just need to know what they are at the time of booking!

There are secure garages to store the bikes and we’ll have a work stand and selection of tools available for you to fix any minor issues that arise during the trip.

Why Spring?

Spring is one of the best times to visit the Lakes. It is often the driest, sunniest time of year here, with wild flowers blooming, trees turning green after the Winter, and lambs everywhere. There are also less walkers and holiday makers here than during the Summer, so it feels a bit quieter. The temperatures are often mild, but of course there can still be the chance of colder weather, we are in England’s highest mountains after all! The geology of the Lake District means that even if we have less than perfect weather, many of the mountain trails hold up well as they are by nature rocky and well-draining, so we’ll be able to ride whatever the weather. We have a planned itinerary for the trip, but as this may need to be changed depending on weather conditions, we'll let you know each evening what the plan is for the following day. 

will there be hike-a-bike?!

Lakeland locals will tell you that it’s not a proper ride unless you’ve had your bike on your back at some point! Whilst we will definitely be doing a bit of hike-a-bike (don’t worry we’ll teach you how if this is new to you…it’s not as bad as it looks!), not all of the riding is like this, and where we do need to carry our bikes, it’s because we’re taking you to what we believe is a descent that makes the effort to get there more than worthwhile. The views alone make the climbs worth it, let alone the grin-inducing descents.

Where will we be riding?

On our first day, we'll explore the high passes of the Southern end of the Lake District National Park. Don't be fooled into thinking this is the "Tamer" part of the region though, the mountains rise up steeply from here and there are some legendary long, singletrack descents once we've reached the passes which we'll include on our ride today.

Days two and three will be spent further North, closer to where we stay. If the weather allows, on one of these days, we'll be tackling one of the highest legally rideable summits in England. Incredible 360 degree views and rocky, technical riding await us on the descent, and you are guaranteed to finish the day feeling like you have been on a true mountain adventure. On the other day, we'll aim to ride from the door of where we're staying, and explore the wealth of great trails which criss-cross the area. This could include high mountain traverses, wild areas of remote fell, technical lakeside singletrack, ancient packhorse trails, and everything in between!

*We reserve the right to make last minute changes to the trip itinerary if weather forecasts mean it would be unsafe to ride the routes we have planned.

What level of experience do I need?

You need to be an experienced mountain biker to enjoy this trip. By that we mean you should have done a good amount of natural riding, and find UK Trail Centre Red routes pose no problems, if you're comfortable on Blacks this is even better. The trails in the Lakes can be rocky, technical and steep and good bike handling skills are essential to get the most out of them. A good level of fitness is also essential. There will be some stiff climbs and physical descents, and whilst we’ll be moving at a comfortable steady pace, with plenty of time for stops, we’ll be out for up to 8 hours each day (don’t worry there’ll be time for café stops in that too!). We have the van for support but for most days it’ll just be used to get us to/from the area we are riding in. Once we leave it in the morning we won’t see it until the end of the day. The nature of the riding here means that van uplift is not really an option, to get to most of the best riding we have to do it under our steam…but it is always worth it! Having said that, on one of the days we try to do as much "shuttling" as possible to allow the maximum number of descents for the minimum amount of climbing!

If you want to chat to us about this trip to check whether it’s for you or not then give us a call or drop us an email.

Do i need insurance?

Mountain Rescue and state medical care are services that are provided free of charge in the UK to UK Citizens and EU Nationals. EU Nationals should ensure they have an EHIC (formerly E111) card which proves they are entitled to reciprocal medical care. For non-EU Citizens you must have insurance that will cover you for medical costs, as well as repatriation, and you should check that your provider specifically covers mountain biking, many now class this as an "Extreme" activity requiring an additional premium.

We highly recommend that everyone has cover for extra costs and charges incurred as a result of delays, cancellations, rescheduling, repatriation or any other factors outside our control. Dogtag, Snowcard, and the BMC (British Mountaineering Council) are options worth considering. 

We will make every effort to ensure the security of your belongings and your bike. However, we don’t under any circumstances accept reasonability for damage, loss or theft. It is up to you to ensure that you are happy with the security arrangements in place at cafes/pub stops, hotels and whilst transporting belongings, including your bike, on vehicles. Please ensure that your belongings and bike are adequately insured during the trip for damage, theft and loss, and that you are happy that the security arrangements provided comply with those specified by your insurance company. We reccommend getting in touch with BIKMO, our partner Insurance company, run by bikers, for bikers. Their comprehensive policies ensure that you are covered for loss, theft and damage whether you are at home or abroad, and they'll also cover your riding kit too.

any other questions?

If you can't find the answer to your question in the information above, or on our FAQs page, or want to ask us anything else about the trip then don't hesitate to get in touch via our Contact page.

how do i book?

If you’d like to book onto one of the trips then get in touch via our Contact page. 

We'll then be able to send you our booking form and terms and conditions.

Spaces are limited to 7 guests per trip so book soon!