‘Fantastic full day out, lovely friendly guide, knowledgeable, good fun and excellent value 10/10, highly recommended. ‘ John Matthews
The Borrowdale Bash
We planned a day riding in the Lake District on Saturday 4 th September 2021 but unfortunately my riding buddy had to cancel. The weather in the Lake District is very fickle with sunshine one moment and deep cloud the next with treacherous, complex routes so I almost decided to cancel the trip rather than risk it on my own.
Whilst googling the route I might take I came across MTBguides.uk and I decided to go all in and hire an MTB guide rather than miss the trip altogether. With Some anticipation I met Richard Gale (Qualified MTB Guide) in Keswick and after a safety briefing, Kit check, and bike check we set off on what was going to be a proper epic journey…. Richard pre-qualified my riding experience, knowledge and confidence and determined that we could do a technical eMTB route which he called the “Borrowdale eBash Plus” We left Keswick about 11AM and rode out of town on a steep tarmac road and then climbed for a while before leaving the road and climbing still further on the trail. I was conscious that Richard was testing my riding capability, and this gave me confidence that he knew what he was doing. The mountains around Keswick and the Lakes are criss-crossed with a myriad of trails not all of which are safe or legal to ride so Richards local knowledge meant that no time was waisted reading maps or guessing which trails were legal or safe to ride. By now Richard had the measure of my riding capability and he guided me to technical climbs and descents that were as enjoyable as they were challenging. I now know why he gave my bike such a rigorous checking over before the ride as the terrain was not for the faint hearted or a poorly maintained bike. Richard gave interesting commentary during our ride regarding route and section names etc which melted away due to incredible views down valleys to lakes and up peaks leading all the way to the sky, I think. When needed we stopped whilst Richard briefed me on difficult or potentially dangerous climbs and descents with incredibly accurate descriptions of the sections ensuring I could ride them “Blindish” whilst following Richard. Even on the eBike my legs were properly challenged, and we ended the day back in Keswick thoroughly knackered. We Rode a total of 19 miles with over 3000 ft Elevation Gain in some of the most spectacular mountain country on Earth (I must have stopped 50 times to take photos). Richards Skill as mountain guide and local knowledge, along with his cheerful easy to get along with personality placed the “Borrowdale eBash Plus” as one of my TOP 5 leisure days eve