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RIDE OVERVIEW These hills are famed for some of the finest off road riding in the south and for good reason, the trails and byways are rarely flat but always scenic. This technical course will have you chasing the north downs ridge taking in a mix of bridleway, single track, gravel road and occasional tarmac.DISTANCE: 62KM | ELEVATION: 1066M RIDE DIFFICULTY 3/5 TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY 3/5 PERCENTAGE OF ROUTE OFF ROAD 81%Bike & Tyre Choice: The route has a real mix of terrain and the weather will make a big difference to conditions. If it’s wet, the mud will be slippy. If dry, the sand will be hard. Gravel bikes are preferred as the right mix but mountain bikes will be fine for most of the route. It is not suited to road bikes. RIDE HIGHLIGHTSTough but rewarding ride on varied terrain. One of the classic gravel routes in the South East

This July sees the launch of a brand-new outdoor challenge event by Honister Slate Mine in the heart of the Lake District. HonisterFest on Saturday 20 July is a whole day of adrenaline fuelled activities including an unusual fell run, gravel bike time trial and a team challenge followed by live music and Cumbrian food into the evening.Honister is working in partnership with KONG running, Keswick Mountain Bikes, Cyclewise, Fluid Productions, Buttermere Paragliding Bash and Keswick Brewery to present this unique event. The first challenge of the day is the The Grueller Hill Climb a gravel track time trial cycle event, for Fell Runners the 8K Honister Hurtle Fell Run is unlike any Fell run out there. Take on three summits, Dale Head, Fleetwith, Grey Knott and go deep inside the bowels of the mountain through mine tunnels, up a stepped incline to reach daylight before ascending to the summit