84km | 2050m
53km | 1350m
Welcome to the stunning Lake District and the epic gravel it has to offer!
We have two route options for this glorious off road adventure around Coniston and the Grizedale Forest taking in a great mix of challenging climbs and fast, flowing sections through the forest. The ride takes you into remote parts of the Lakes that most people never see. Pure escapism and one of the great rides gravel rides of the year.
- Smooth gravel fire roads in the beautiful Grizedale Forest
- Ride over four Lake District fells with epic views from the top.
- Pure escapism on remote trails, bridleways & singletrack in one of the most stunning regions in the UK.
Included in Entry
11th July: GPX files and pre ride briefing video sent by email to each rider.
13th July – 7.45am: Ride village in Coniston opens. Collecting your ride number takes approx 10 mins.
13th July – 8am to 9.30am: Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.
13th July – 7pm: Rider village closes
13th July – 7pm: Link to ride times & rider photos sent to each participant by email.
A beautifully varied 84km route between Coniston Water & Windermere with lovely flowing sections in Grizedale Forest.
From our start in Coniston we head around the Water and down into the Forest with a climb after just 2km (sorry!!). We stay on the ridge for about 10km of lovely flowing gravel before a descent and a lumpy 11km loop to the west.
The route then heads back north through the Forest with a tasty 3km off road climb to get over before we reach lunch near Hawkshead. From here there is just under 20km to go on a mix of gravel and road before arriving back in Coniston for a well earned beer!
Percentage of Route Off Road: 70%
The medium route follows the long route for the first 16km and skips a couple of very punchy climbs. Most of this route is in the Grizedele Forest with four major climbs (2 road, 2 off-road) and lots of lovely flowing gravel.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 70%
The short option follows the other routes for 50km to Hawkshead and then heads straight back to Coniston over a cheeky road climb. You will skip 2 of the climbs on the other route but add in a road climb making this a punchy but rewarding 59km ride.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 50%
Bike Selection & Packing List
Bike Choice: The route is about 70% on gravel and 30% on back roads. Most of the off road sections are smooth but there are a couple of chunky sections in the first half. Either a gravel bike or mountain bike will work depending on whether you want to trade off on speed or comfort. E-bikes are allowed on all of our rides.
Tyre Choice: We will send an update on conditions closer to the ride. For the short rougher sections, a wider (40 to 50mm) all rounder gravel tyre will be ideal.
Packing List: Bring equipment to be self sufficient on the route as we go into remote areas without phone signal (inner tubes, sealant, multi-tool, pump or CO2 etc). We recommend a bell to warn walkers / runners of your presence.
Clothing: This is the third edition of the Lake District Gravel Epic and so far we have had sweltering heat (over 30 degrees) one year and heavy rain the other year so pay close attention to the forecasts. A lightweight rain jacket will be useful even on a hot day as we go high and onto exposed sections. Helmets are mandatory, you will not be able to ride without one.
The ride starts and finishes in Coniston. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments. We will send the ride village address by email.
Yes, e-bikes are allowed on all Glorious Gravel ride. These must comply with UK law.
We have first aiders & mechanics at the feed stops. There will be a phone number on the back of your ride number – call this if you need collecting.
Yes, we start between 8am and 9.30am and set people off in small groups so the off road sections are not too busy. Please come to the start line with anyone you want to ride with, we will give a short ride briefing and set you off.