Whinlatter Pass and Newlands pass
Start :Portinscale Miles 22.5 miles
Height gain :2,272 ft
A stunning classic ride starting from Portinscale, through the village of Braithwaite and immediately start the climb on Whinlatter pass. This beautiful little pass glimpses views onto Skiddaw and beyond. Over the lake they call Bassenthwaite and on towards the west coast. Climbing steeply through the Pines with light twinkling between the leaves onto the tarmac road. The summit is soon reached a couple of miles of steady 15% and then downhill all the way through quiet Lakeland scenery to the village of Lorton.
After Lorton head towards Buttermere. The famous Lakeland Lorton show was in full force has we cycled by with Shepherds and tourists milling around in the afternoon sunshine.
The next chapter of this stunning ride is Crummock water with towering peaks on the western shore. Light glistening on the dark threatening lake. The next pass will be on your mind. Gears at the ready for the steep ride out of Buttermere
Stop if you dare but the heart will need to pick up pace. Mighty and beautiful Newlands pass with a max of twenty five percent, this will get the heart racing. Steep drops and magnificent scenery will take your mind off the climb, but the final hairpin will having you gasping for air.
A truly splendid ride for any cyclist wanting a little drama.