Keswick Mountain Festival challenges off-road cyclists with DexShell Hell in the Fells event

Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) has announced details of a new gravel cycling event for 2021.

DexShell Hell in the Fells will see riders tackle 72km of challenging ascents and descents on gravel routes in the North Lakes. Designed for riders of all abilities, the latest addition to the festival’s outdoor sports programme will also be open to e-bikes.

The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday 23rd May and entries are open now.

Founded in 2007, KMF attracts thousands of visitors to Cumbria for its mix of live entertainment, sporting events, outdoor adventures, high profile speakers, taster activities, exhibitor stands and camping for all of the family. This year’s festival will run from 21st-23rd May, based in the open-air Festival Village on Crow Park.

Sponsored by cycling specialist performance outdoor clothing brand DexShell and co-developed by experts at Cyclewise and Muckmedden, the DexShell Hell in the Fells course will follow a waymarked 72km gravel route that includes 2,000m of altitude gain. It will take riders on trails around the flanks of Skiddaw, the shores of Bassenthwaite, and in Whinlatter Forest, with viewpoints across that part of the Lake District National Park.

Each participant who completes the course will be given a classification based on their finishing time: Gold – finishing time under four hours, Silver – under five hours and 30 minutes, and Bronze – under seven hours.

There will be water and Active Root feed stations along the course during the event, and a qualified medical team will be on duty, while a bike wash station and mechanical support will be available at the finish area in the KMF Festival Village.

Organisers are offering an ‘early bird’ price of £55 for a place on DexShell Hell in the Fells. The cost includes an event t-shirt and access to the KMF Festival Village for the live music on Friday 21st May. The price will go up to £60 after 28th February. Around 200 riders are expected to take part in the first year.

KMF director Nicola Meadley said: “We haven’t wasted the extra time that we’ve had to prepare for the 2021 Keswick Mountain Festival. As events start to return to the UK, it’s important that the public can look forward to new ideas and innovations.

“For our festival, DexShell Hell in the Fells is something new and exciting on the gravel trails that will appeal to a wide cross-section of riders and is a really neat addition to our programme of trail runs, open water swims, triathlons, aquathlons cycling sportives and hiking challenges.

“We have been working very hard to adapt all of our plans for 2021 so that we can host a safe festival for everyone, welcoming visitors back to the open outdoor expanses and beauty of the Lake District.”

Places on the DexShell Hell in the Fells are available to book at For full details of the 2021 festival,
visit the website, and follow @keswickfestival on Twitter and Instagram. To find out more about DexShell visit or, and follow @dexshelluk on Twitter and @dexshell_uk on Instagram.

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