Ben Smith, a friend of the co-op who went cycling in the Lake District, has kept a diary for us to see what he got up to. This is his second instalment when he faced Helvellyn. Read Part One if you want to know how he got on with Skiddaw.
If you think you’d like to go on a Lake District cycle like Ben, make sure you have a decent mountain bike. If you’ve got on already, book it in for a quick service to make sure it’s in full working order so you can make the most of your trip.
Never having visited the area, it seemed logical to choose the most direct route to the summit. Although I had to carry the bike most of the way up I felt this added to the challenge and the trail looked just about ridable when it came time to descend.
Fancy your own Cycling Adventure?
- Different bikes are made for different types of cycling, have a read of our Bike Buying Guide to make sure you get the right one.
- You’ll probably also want to carry some kit around with you. If that’s the case, you might want a backpack or pannier.
- Ben took a photo diary of all the places he went, but track your route more accurately with a cycling GPS