Descending down and along the roads back towards Keswick, with a café and toilets at Mirehouse (Dodd Woods), then you head through Applethwaite. It’s just a few miles to go from here and you become reacquainted with Keswick and all the family fun and action back at the Mountain Festival in Crow Park. So, that’s 70 kilometres and 650 metres of climbing. A good honest day or faster half-day’s ride. At a sedate pace, you can take this outing easy. At a faster pace, you can give yourself a real workout. Either way, the Back o’ Skiddaw Sportive is likely to take you into new territory.
The good news… we’ve identified an equally fantastic route out of town. It initially stays South of the A66 and passes the amazing Castlerigg Stone Circle. We’ll cross the A66 near Threlkeld at a well-managed crossing point. Marshals will ask you to dismount, and go across the A66 on foot, you can remount on the other side. Thanks to Highways England and Keir for the assistance on this.
It is possible that events and courses at KMF may need to be amended at short notice due to weather issues, water levels, road conditions or road works.
By nature, many of these factors are not possible to know well in advance. For each event there are a number of alternative options available which can be implemented at short notice. The organisers and race directors will always have athlete and spectator safety as the highest priority, and within that context will seek to provide the best possible experience.All sporting events would be impacted if the KMF Festival Village has to be closed. In this instance, as long as circumstances allow, all starts and finishes would be relocated to Lake Road and Lakeside Car Park and the events operated as smoothly as possible.
There are numerous route options available as a contingency for the sportive, depending upon the reason for the re-routing. We would re-mark and re-marshal the course in any scenario.