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#TeamRutland: Big Days out

Words by David Hicks

on 15/08/2018 08:16:16

Article by Korinne Shaw. Korinne is a #TeamRutland Ambassador and writes her own blog Korinne Shaw MTB. Find out more about Korinne >

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Living in the Lake District, I’m not short of options when it comes to Hike a Bikes. Everywhere you look there are mountains and fells covered in bridal-ways and the most natural single track you could imagine.

Some of Cumbria's highest mountains are what you would class as the cream of the crop when it comes to a big day out on the bike, Helvellyn, which is Cumbria's second highest mountain, can be walked the majority of the way or if you are feeling really adventurous and confident you can scramble over striding edge, although this wouldn’t be recommended if you are not confident in carrying a bike.

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What to take with you…?

The first couple of hike a bikes that I did, I carried a camelback backpack, crammed with “stuff” that I thought I was going to need.

Hydration bladder, waterproof, inner tube, tyre levers, hand pump, sweets, Allen key set, gloves, goggles, energy gels, tissues, first aid kit etc… the list went on.

More recently throughout the summer I’ve been going without a backpack and have been using a bottle cage for water, Louri straps for energy gels and tyre levers and have an inner tube cable tied to the frame of my bike. When the weather is hot, I find that it's a massive help not having a heavy backpack getting you even more hot and uncomfortable.

Routes for the Beginners….

Grisedale pike – This is a short hike from the top of the Whinlatter south loop and will take approximately 40 minutes to get to the top. It is quite steep and rocky in places but as its a short climb, isn’t too strenuous. You climb the ridge which is almost horseshoe shape and the descent runs down the other side, which is fast and flat out, a little bit steep in places and can be overgrown with heather. It's a great descent for beginners as there is nothing too tricky and can be taken at whatever pace you feel comfortable.


Black Combe – Is a fell in South west Lakes and is another that would be great for a first hike a bike. There are a couple of steep sections but the route is a bridal way so is fairly easy to walk up and can be ridden if you have the leg power. If not, and you are pushing, then its easier to carry your bike as the rocks and loose ground make it uneasy to push. The climb will take around an hour to reach the top and the descent will take under 10 minutes as you come down the same path you climbed (so its a great opportunity to scope lines). The Combe is right on the coast and on a clear day, the Isle of man is clearly visable. Alternatively, you could carry on from the summit across the ridge to Stoupdale Head and down White Combe and white hall Knott.

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How to Prepare…..

Check your route & check the weather!!! Before you head out, make sure you know where to park and where you are going or even better, find someone to come with you who has done the route before. Not only is this a way of meeting other like minded people, you will find they know the best routes to take to make the most of your day. A lot of routes are not way marked and with footpaths heading off in every direction it can be easy to get off course easily which is the last thing you want when you’re up a mountain.

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Its not called the Lake District for nothing and we often get a lot of rain and the weather can quickly turn nasty up on the fells, so be sure to know what the forecast is looking like for the rest of the day to make sure you don’t get caught out. The terrain on the fells is all very natural, rocky, slate, muddy and can become dangerous in bad weather and low visibility. If you have a quick look online there are loads of handy websites that show weather forecast of the summits of all the UK fells.

For me, there is something massively rewarding about hiking to the top of a mountain and really earning the descents and I would choose this over an uplift day every day of the week. It can be challenging and there was an occasion not long ago where I was defeated and couldn’t make it to the summit as it was over 30°c and I was exhausted. At the time I was gutted but the way we came down was incredible and one of the trickiest descents I’ve done and it reminded me why I love riding the fells and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

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On my bucket list for this year is Mount Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis. Feel free to contact me and join in on the adventures if you fancy it.

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Korinne Shaw

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I got into riding two years ago when I was having a bit of a health kick. At the time I thought it would be a bit of a temporary phase and I may not enjoy it but I was very wrong and now here we are. I live in the Lake District so getting out and about in beautiful surroundings on fun trails was never going to be difficult.

I mainly ride enduro but do enjoy booking on uplifts and having a day of downhill. I’d love to find a spare weekend to head up to Fort Bill and ride the World Cup track and the Nevis range. Grizedale is my local ride so I’m not short of off piste trails and bridleways to enjoy in the forest and surrounding areas. This year I intend on using the lighter nights to get some more “hike a bikes” done on some of the bigger mountains. Scafell, Snowdon, Helvellyn and so on.

There is something special about the mountain bike community - you can ride somewhere and bump into someone along the way and within ten minutes you’d class them as a friend. I came into the MTB scene with very little knowledge of the sport and no friends with the same hobby, but very quickly met loads of lovely like minded people with the same passion. It’s no surprise I’m totally hooked!

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