So back up in the Lake District between Jo’s chemo sessions, and was able to meet up with Andrew Sykes, author of Crossing Europe on a Bike called Reggie for a loop around the Lakes.
I had sold Andrew on a ride up Langdale on the basis of my video showing a glorious sunny day ride in lockdown, with deserted tracks and sun-drenched fells…..
Unfortunately the day dawned damp and was a mixture of drizzle and light rain for much of the day. We did have a good day out though as you can see from the summary below.
The climb to the viewpoint at Skelwith Fold was ok, but without the usual reward at the top, however we pressed on up Langdale to the foot of the Blea Tarn climb.
Having only ever descended the climb, I had memories of steep hairpin bends, but in practice we were both soon at the top, enjoying the limited view.
A quick descent into Little Langdale and across the footbridge into Tilberthwaite. The slate slag heaps seemed larger than usual in the damp conditions and we enjoyed the gravel descent to Coniston where a cafe provided lunch.
Given the weather, we cut short our plans to cycle the east shore of Coniston Water, but instead headed over Hawkshead Hill to the pretty village of Hawkshead, before climbing past Beatrix Potter’s house at Sawrey and descending to Windermere.
More gravel along the lakeshore took us to Wray Castle, a gothic mansion built by the father of one of the founders of the National Trust, before heading on the roads back to Ambleside. All in all a great day out.
Andrew’s account of the day can be found at CyclingEurope.