High Street is a well known range in the South Eastern Lake District on which a Roman Road is situated. The Romans transported stone for their forts along this north south road. This long straight top used to host sports days including horse racing in the 19th century, hence the alternative name, Racecourse Hill. It has an altitude of 2600ft, which may not seem much but there is a 2087ft climb to the top. Oh it is steep too! This particular ride of 18.5miles takes in some spectacular Lake District scenery and descends off High Street skirting Ullswater to the final climb up through Boredale and back to the start. If you need a good day in the mountains then this ride will quench your thirst!
1.Go over the Kirkstone Pass and park at Cow Bridge at Hartsop.
2.From the car park turn right and proceed for 100yds and take a left up a metalled road. This passes some buildings and a car park. Keep the river on the right and go through the gates which follow a rough double track.
3.Cross the river and you can see up the valley to the right. Proceed up and you will reach Hayeswater. This is a place for a breather!
4.Follow the track up to the left of Hayeswater. Now it gets steep! Eventually after about a mile it levels out and becomes rideable. You are on the Straits of Riggindale.
5.After about 200-300yds make a sharp left turn back on yourself and head up to the large cairn overlooking the valley. On a clear day there are amazing views in all directions.
6.Keep the edge on the left and head to High Raise.
7.Descend gently on open Moorland for about 2.4 miles and turn left (NY45813 17437) just before Loadpot Hill. Continue down on a narrow track for 3.58 miles and then turn sharp left at NY48125 22232.
8.Drop down towards Howtown with views of Ullswater on your right. Proceed through the gate and then immediately left through another gate, over the footbridge or through the ford!
9.Go straight ahead and up for 0.64 miles. The track swings to the right and pops out on a metalled road by a church. Turn left.
10.Keep right on the road which cross the river Howegrain Beck bearing right over the bridge. Continue to follow the road which turns left and into Boredale Valley. You will see the trach ahead and Boredale Hause. The final climb!!
11.At the top of the Hause drop down keeping left. This can be hard to see (NY40645 15667). Follow the very steep trail down the hill towards Harstop and the car.
Take the M6 North and exit at Junction 36. Drive to Winderemere on the A590 via Kendal and then the A591. Half a mile after Windermere turn right at the mini roundabout towards Troutbeck and the Kirkstone Pass. Drive for about 9 miles and on the left, just past Brothers Water, is the car park.
When to Bike
Summer is best. Winter is possible too. But as with any high mountain ride you can get caught short not matter what the forecast says. Always tell someone where you are going. Take food, water, energy bars and extra clothing, especially waterproofs. Pack a survival bag, compass, map (GPS) etc. Mobiles will not work out here so you are on your own. It is best to do with others rather than solo.