Nether Wasdale and Hollow Moor by mountain bike

Cycling trail

This circular ride around the western end of Wasdale busts the myth that all mountain biking in the area is hardcore. It has one steep climb that requires pushing, but that aside it's a mixture of high level cruising, a long descent and fast flowing exploration around the valley bottom tracks and lanes.

Enjoy the ride

Nether Wasdale with its two pubs and ample car parking makes the ideal start point allowing a pleasant warm up around the lanes to Wast Water. The real fun starts with an outstanding descent from the top of Hollow Moor. Enjoy the views as you work your way around the route, for not only do you get a twist on the classic view towards Scafell Pike, you also get a mighty seascape out across the Irish Sea.

Mountain biker at Wast Water


Bike route


Nether Wasdale


If you are parked in the centre of Nether Wasdale head east out of the village to a junction, take the left branch, then at the next junction head straight on and follow the road to Wast Water. If you are parked in the small National Trust car park turn right out of the car park and then first left towards Wast Water.

The road to Wast Water


A few hundred yards along the lakeshore take the left turn away from the lake just after the viewpoint. Follow the road past Greendale for 2 miles until you reach a bridleway on the right (immediately after the cattlegrid).

Cattle grid


Follow the steep bridleway as it climbs uphill, through a gate and beside the trees. At a bend the bridleway enters a lane and climbs west through the trees. Past the trees the bridleway turns north and exits onto open fell. Head north then west beside a wall to a footbridge.



Cross the footbridge and then enter the walled lane. The lane is rough at first and then undulates before descending in a long run down to the road near Gosforth.

Mountain biker taking in the view


Turn right and head down towards Gosforth. Cross Wellington Bridge and carry straight on for 200 yards. Turn left on to a bridleway (there is a sign saying 'Private Road', but this is a public bridleway so carry on) and follow the bridleway to a T-junction.


Turn left and follow the road for around half a mile to a bridleway on the left for Hall Bolton. The bridleway dips down to cross the River Bleng then climbs to join a road.

Signpost shows the way


Turn right at the road, then after a mile or so at the next junction turn right for Nether Wasdale. When you reach the village you've a choice of two Lakeland pubs if you feel you need to reward yourself for your efforts. If you parked up in the National Trust car park continue through the village and turn next right back to the car park.


Nether Wasdale

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Nether Wasdale and Hollow Moor by mountain bike


The terrain is a mix of valley roads, lake side road, rough bridleway, walled fell track and valley bottom access track. Total height gain is 420m.

Nether Wasdale and Hollow Moor by mountain bike

How to get here

Nether Wasdale, Grid Ref NY124040
By road

From the west coast take the A595 to Gosforth and then follow Wasdale Road and Lane Side to Nether Wasdale.

Nether Wasdale and Hollow Moor by mountain bike

Facilities and access

  • Parking on the roadside in Nether Wasdale or in the small National Trust car park at the eastern end of the village at Cinderdale Bridge
  • Two pubs in Nether Wasdale