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Skate to Escape wraps up 2018 with some Double Trouble

The last event on the BDSL calendar, Skate to Escape’s annual event, Double Trouble, has become a weekend in Cumbria not to be missed. This year, Aaron Skippings shares his story and we also hear from first-timer, Kinga Rumin.  Continue reading “Skate to Escape wraps up 2018 with some Double Trouble”

Skate To Escapes – Double Trouble

Back for the 4th year of the UK’s coldest & funnest event!’

• 2nd – 4th November 2018
• 30 available places
• Registration opens 1st September – 5th October payment secures place’s
• Payment details released on the 1st September
• 2 Price Plans £97 & £58 see below for details
• NO hay bails or protection on the hill! Ride at your own limit and just for fun.

Saturdays Hill – Langdales, 25% Boulders + BDSL TIME TRIAL!
47 Min drive from Patterdale hall (55Mins if the weather is bad)
A combination of sharp corners and steep hairpins on a narrow, relatively smooth 25% hill, with the vast Langdale valley landscape, makes this hill epic!

BDSL time trial in the afternoon and each person will receive at least 5 qualifying runs!!!

Sunday’s Hill – Ullswater, Thrill Hill
3 20-25% hairpins, pot holes, bumpy surface and general gnar makes this hill one of the most fun to skate, not to mention the view down Ullswater

Patterdale Hall is a mansion and has been perfect for us to escape the elements, their service is amazing and the foods better. This is non-profit get together & costs are as supplied by Patterdale Hall 20/06/18

Facilities include:
• Amazing, healthy, home cooked tasty food in large quantities, giving you all the energy you need.
• Dorm style rooms in small groups 2-6 persons
• Drying room! (an absolute godsend for getting all your wet skate gear ready for morning)
• Games room (2 x table football tables, 2 x Table tennis tables & pool table)
• 2 living rooms 1 massive 1 smaller with wood fires, supplied with fridges for our beer!
• Constant free tea, coffee hot chocolate & juice
• Bedding
• Can return for showers Sunday afternoon

£97 Price plan:
Accommodation – Friday & Saturday night.
Breakfast, lunch & Tea Saturday
Breakfast & lunch Sunday

£58 Price plan:
Accommodation – Saturday night.
Tea Saturday
Breakfast & lunch Sunday

*Arrive from 5:00pm on Friday (Chip butties served in the evening)
*Breakfast at 8:30am
*Lunch is pack lunch that needs to be specified the night before
*Tea at 7:00pm

***No Refunds available
***Under 18’s… We and Patterdale Hall require a signed form with your dedicated responsible adult who will be with you & a signature from a parent. If you want to attend please contact us and a form will be provided. No younger than 16 sorry!

Rest and Be Thankful

Rest and Be Thankful

Earlier this spring, the Skate to Escape unit joined Longboard Scotland for an exceptional weekend break.  Unit member, Lewis Taylor (DaSilva, Sk8bites) shares the stoke:

Continue reading “Rest and Be Thankful”

Rest and Be Thankful

Rest and Be Thankful

Earlier this spring, the Skate to Escape unit joined Longboard Scotland for an exceptional weekend break.  Unit member, Lewis Taylor (DaSilva, Sk8bites) shares the stoke:

Continue reading “Rest and Be Thankful”

Thrill Hill Freeride Hosted by Skate to Escape.

Skate to Escape’s Thrill Hill Freeride 

''We’d been discussing doing an ‘Event’ for a while, having Thrill Hill close by and a drive to share this hill with others we thought we'd start off small.''


Photos by Andrew Rose & The Skate to Escape Unit

Joe Baldwin had told us about the hill after we questioned him on the Thrill Spring Tour of the Lakes, we've been enjoying it ever since. We invited a handful of friends & some of the top UK riders who had given us a warm welcome into the UKDH scene at events previously in the year.  33 invites were sent & 13 turned up to battle the hill. 

Friday came soon enough, we made some trophies from old firewood we had kicking about & we loaded up and hit the road. Arriving at the campsite tents were pitched and fire was lit, people arrived in flocks & it wasn’t long till we were all acquainted and hit the pub. Clear nights in the Lake District come highly recommended. Stars galore!

We woke up to glorious sunshine on Saturday morning, had breakfast and drove the 25mins to the hill and begun freeriding.


The sun continued to beat down throughout the day as we took run after run. Thrill hill being challenging with its bumpy surface, steep hairpins, pot holes & general GNAR began claiming soldiers….



Tim Davis went down hard after high siding on the third right taking out his ankle and leaving him unable to skate for the rest of the weekend, shortly after David Lewis (winner of best bail) felt the wrath of the hill and ended up upside down in the bracken between two boulders unable to right himself. 



The level of stoke was high throughout, riders were progressing rapidly taking clean run after clean run. We were all around a similar level so we fed off each other, worked on lines and had a productive afternoon.  After 5 hours on the hill we started fizzling out and sitting back enjoying the view, eventually we packed up and headed back to the pub.



Fed and watered we headed back to camp to find an American hiker had lit our fire for us “with one match!” Slackline was set up and after a few drinks table football championship begun in the early hours of Sunday morning, which Oli Parkinson destroyed everyone at. (We were a dream team together tho Oli!) 



Sunday morning brought rain & the remaining survivors were eager to battle the hill in whatever condition. 

On arrival the road had a river running through every apex! A quick wheel change and we went at it in true UKDH style… 

Within the hour the road was patchy and 20mins after that it was bone dry! Change of wheels again & we started racing!


4 of the 13 were left to race, so we agreed on a points system so we all got a heat with each other & top two then battle for 1st & 2nd etc. 

Each race heat was great fun and exciting to watch! 

1st Lewis Taylor (I swear I didn’t fix it!)

2nd Robbie Eisler 

3rd Oli Parkinson 

4th Dale Goodwin 

 Thanks to everyone that came, we had a great time & hope you did too.

Lets skate again soon.

For more photos by Andrew Rose click here!