Roan Edge Quarry on A 684 near Jct 37 of the M6

Trail submitted by Andy Slattery


Short XC circuit with some excellent DH. A good evening ride from Kendal with quality views.


From Junction 37 follow the A684 to Kendal for 1km until a road leads left towards the quarry and plenty of parking on a disused road.

  1. The first section leads out across the little used Lambrigg fell with a tremendous downhill to Haygarth.
    Opposite the entrance to the quarry a fingerpost indicates the line of the bridleway heading towards the wind turbines. Follow this bearing left just before the wind turbines. After passing through a gate follow the sheep track bearing left at a set of small cairns. (the route on the ground does not follow the OS map exactly as the farmer has moved it ). A fast descent leads to a rocky stream crossing where again you keep left and and enjoy the climb back up the other side of the valley. At the top keep left and follow the well defined track through a descent that starts gently but becomes rocky and fast. Make sure you close the remaining gates along the route. After the final,trickiest section you arrive at the tarmac lane opposite Haygarth. (2.7 km)
  2. A pleasant ride round the lanes to the start of the climb.
    Turn right and follow the quiet lanes through Lambrigg turning right at the next junction. Continue past a left turn (don't take it !) until at the brow of a hill a well used but unsigned track leads right up onto Lambrigg Fell.(4.8km)
  3. A stiff climb onto the moorland with spectacular views into the Lakes and Morecambe Bay
    Climb through fields on a solid track through two more gates until you emerge onto the moorland by a large sheepfold. Ignore the track on the left as this is not a right of way. Continue along a faint track ahead with some waymarking through a wet section and up a steep grassy slope until the track levels out and the joins a Landrover track. Bear right and continue along this track to it's end at a small quarry. Continue up along a line of cairns until the route turns right and steeply down until you get to the rocky stream crossing used in part 1. Turn left and retrace your initial route past the wind turbines to Roan Edge. (8.4 km)
  4. A pleasant ride along the ridge with the Dales on one side and Kendal on the other, best done at sunset.
    Just past the quarry entrance a bridleway on the right leads up and round the edge of the quarry on a well surfaced track. Follow this past the quarry workings and out onto open fields. The trig point to the right of the track gives an excellent viewpoint. Follow the bridleway generally descending until you reach the tarmac of FairthornsRoad. (11.1km)
  5. Return to the start on lanes around Killington Lake.
    Turn right and down the hill taking the next left and then left again at Ewe Bank Farm to head up a short climb and the over the motorway. Turn left onto Reservoir Road and left again just past the dam before a climb up to Killington Sailing Club. Follow the edge of the Lake turning left at the end and heading back to the A684. At the main road turn left and cross the motorway junction to return to the start. (19.5km)

This route can obviously be cut short in a number of places to give a shorter ride;

The route is effectively a figure of 8. Either miss out the first or second loop.
From Fairthorns Road the quickest way back is to turn left but this follows the motorway closely which spoils the atmosphere a bit.

For a more challenging ride combine this with a ride out of Kendal up Greyhound Hill (the old Sedbergh Road) which will have your legs burning before you even set off across the fells by adding another 350m climbed to the total.

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