Cycling England Day 10: Garstang to Ambleside

The hills of Lancashire and Cumbria beckoned, the weather was set fair, so spirits were high as we set off from Garstang on a cool but dry Sunday morning. Our first challenge was to cycle to Scorton to pick up the rest of the party who had stayed there overnight. Reunited, we set off butContinue reading “Cycling England Day 10: Garstang to Ambleside”

Riding The Bay Cycle Way, Day 1

So unexpectedly I had a couple of free days in the Lakes and the weather forecast was mostly dry with occasional showers, so I decided to get my touring for the year started and ride the Bay Cycle Way, NCN700. This 81 mile route from Walney, near Barrow to Glasson, near Lancaster follows the coastContinue reading “Riding The Bay Cycle Way, Day 1”

Restoring the soul on Lakeland Gravel

After Jo’s funeral last week, I headed back to our home in Ambleside to recuperate and restore my soul. Memories abound around every corner but reliving them is part of the healing process. The weather was fair, so I jumped on the bike and pedalled… Thursday, I headed south to explore new tracks around Coniston.Continue reading “Restoring the soul on Lakeland Gravel”

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everybody – to get you into the spirit of imagining your walks and rides for next year here’s a calendar of views all from the Lakes, and all from this lockdown year. January – the first snow of the New Year on Blencathra Staying with friends near Troutbeck, we woke upContinue reading “Happy New Year”

Lakeland Gravel: Grizedale East and Sawrey

The seventh and final episode of my Lakeland Gravel series took me back to Grizedale Forest to explore its eastern half. Although not sunny, the autumn foliage more than made up for the weather, with this years glorious red and yellows to the fore. I started off following the same route as my previous outingContinue reading “Lakeland Gravel: Grizedale East and Sawrey”

Lakeland Gravel: Blea Tarn and Loughrigg

Probably not going to be a formal part of my Lakeland Gravel series as it really needs a mountain bike and skills or several sections of pushing over Loughrigg, however that said, it is a spectacular route with views to match. We took the same route as Route 2, stopping to admire the view fromContinue reading “Lakeland Gravel: Blea Tarn and Loughrigg”

Lakeland Gravel: Claife Heights and Windermere

The sixth in my series of gravel rides from Ambleside proved to be the most challenging yet with short sections of rocky trail requiring either technical MTB skill or as in my case, a little bit of walking! That said the compensation was glorious views in all directions. I headed out to the Miller BridgeContinue reading “Lakeland Gravel: Claife Heights and Windermere”

Lakeland Gravel

The Lake District is renowned for many things – clearly its mountains and lakes, its literary and artistic connections such as Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Heaton-Cooper, and its stately homes such as Sizergh Castle, Blackwell (arts and crafts) and Brantwood (home of John Ruskin). I also love it for its gravel…. There’s a lot ofContinue reading “Lakeland Gravel”

Lakeland Gravel: Tarn Hows and Coniston

Another gravel ride from last week’s excellent weather in the Lake District – this time covering Tarn Hows and Coniston. The ride up to Tarn Hows is all on minor roads following first NCN6 and regional route 37 to Skelwith Fold and then turning left to climb up to the famed Drunken Duck pub withContinue reading “Lakeland Gravel: Tarn Hows and Coniston”

Lakeland Gravel: Blea Tarn and the Langdales

I’ve been enjoying the good weather this week and have had a chance to record the next in my series of videos about gravel rides from Ambleside. This one features a circuit from Ambleside into Little Langdale, using the steep gravel climb of NCN637 to Stang End before joining the tarmac past Little Langdale TarnContinue reading “Lakeland Gravel: Blea Tarn and the Langdales”

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