February 24, 2008 - 5.0
I love this route. The way to the top from Bowness is as twisty as heck, and there are plenty of rises and dips to enjoy yourself on - not fast but really challenging. Its got a reasonable surface and isnt too narrow (m comparing it to usual Lake District roads here) - it is lined by grass banks/drystones and there are a few sheep up the top to look out for. The way down from the top to Ullswater is pretty narrow in places, and is completely lined by drystone walls. Well...apart from the metal gates, which isnt really an improvement. The road past Ullswater is more of the same...but flatter, I guess. Still twisty though. Ive seen one copper on it in 4 years, which isnt too bad - it was the August bank holiday though, so it was probably a special case. The views in general are stunning - Ullswater is a beautiful area.
I actually prefer doing the reverse of this route. I find it more exciting to go up to the Ullswater side - the visibility through corners is better, so yo can nail it a bit more (and Id rather nail it up hill than down). You can easily see enough to take a full racing line using both sides of the carraige way in places (but only in places).
There is a pub at the top of the pass - if you ever see a lone Bandit or Commando up there and a guy reading a book whilst sat overlooking the views, its probably me!