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Gosforth Cycling

Penny and bump

Penny and bump


Today Penny and I headed out on the bikes for a loop or two centred on Gosforth. This was a route suggested by Mark and proved to be excellent. The tracks were quiet and varied and the hills were never too steep. It took us 1 hour 10 minutes and we added on the extra bit to reach the Wasdale road. There are some beautiful houses and farms around the area between Gosforth and Seascale and we were thinking how suitable these tracks would be for a buggy in the future.

Cycling – Beckermet & Wasdale

Penny with Lingmell (left), Scafell Pike (centre) and Scafell (right) behind

Penny with Lingmell (left), Scafell Pike (centre) and Scafell (right) behind

We had another beautiful day today and decided to a bit of research for Bex and Estelle’s visit. In other words look at activities that are not too strenuous and have a pub half way round. I know that Steve from West Lakes Adventure hires bikes in Nether Wasdale so we planned a ride from there up to Wasdale Head. Continue reading

Whinlatter Blue

Today Penny, Mark, Bob and I headed out to Whinlatter forest. Penny and I had not been before and we hoped that the blue trail would give Penny’s new bike a good test. The route started with a gentle winding descent, firstly through a wood and then through more open fell. This was a good warm up. I was impressed by the quality of the track, it made it possible to ride with commitment. Penny started off a little tentative but picked up speed as her confidence grew.

The second section was a gentle ascent up to the road, this was at a gradient that allowed you to keep a steady rhythm. Here I noticed my pedal was getting loose, we tightened it up using an adjustable spanner but it was not 100% tight so Mark went to get a pedal spanner. Whilst Mark went back to the car Penny and I headed up a series of zig zags which also has more interesting and technical alternatives, I tried a few of these but struggled to gain any grip and had one impressive leap off.

From the top of this there was a fast and bumpy descent to another forest section with some big berms. This was exhilarating and again the quality of the track allowed commitment. From here an uphill section of track brought us to the five hairpin climb. Mark told us that Harry could do 2, Jacob 3, and Lauren 5. Not that we are at all competitive but it was not much later that we were at the top having completed all five (without much drama). After a breather we continued the climb, I got caught out by a short steep section that I was not ready for. Next time I plan to do it without having to get off.

From here another steady singletrack climb led to the top and a fast descent back to the car park. This had a few optional jumps (for another day) and an interesting boardwalk section where I took a couple of photos of Penny.

Penny on the board walk

Penny on the board walk


It was good fun and allowed Penny to get more comfortable on her new bike. We’ll be back soon I’m sure. I’m a bit curious about the red trail…

Cycling today and yesterday

Harry

Harry

Yesterday a team of seven intrepid cyclists (Me, Penny, Lauren, Mark, Jacob, Harry and Harry’s friend Abby) set off to follow the southern bank of the Esk from Forge Bridge up to Doctor’s Bridge. This is the reverse of our usual kayak run. We added some interest by crossing (or attempting to cross) a couple of fords and had a look into a the adit (exploratory mine) near the gorge section as well as removing an annoying Rhodedendrum. We made quick progress back along the road, and despite one or two nervous moments no children were hurt in the process (despite their best efforts).

This evening Penny and I headed out on the Coast to Coast cycleway to Rowrah and then took the Red Beck Lane back to Cleator Moor. This was 20km which is probably the furthest Penny has cycled. The cycleway is an excellent link between St Bees and Ennerdale. The only problem is the steep hills between the village and the cycleway. Today we cheated and took the car (the bikes were still in it from yesterday) but it does open up some interesting possibilities. We could cycle all the way from St Bees to the Black Sail Hut and back, about 50km with almost half on forest tracks. When we left the cycleway there was a signpost saying that it was less that 20 miles to Keswick; how about cycling from Keswick to St Bees in a day? Penny says only on a grown-up bike!

Lauren after not crossing a ford

Lauren after not crossing a ford