It's been six months since I ventured out into the Lake District in Cumbria, England. The previous time I had visited in the autumn months and it was cold wet and rainy. This time I wasn't expecting all that much different, the west coast of northern England and Scotland are always rainy. However upon arriving in Windermere I saw that it had snowed... in late March? Really?
The route I had planned was similar to the route I had done on the first day of the previous trip, except this one was slightly less ambitious being shorter and only going up Wrynose pass which is a little easier (relative term!) than Hardknott pass which I struggled over.
First we set off from the snow sprinkled shores of Lake Winderemere, you could see there had been a decent dusting of snow on the hilltops in the distance as well. Luckily it wasn't too cold at about 8ºC and only very light misty rain.
A warning perhaps of things to come... We decided to tackle the hardest bits of the ride first so we headed off in the direction of Wrynose pass. I was quite eager to see the pass and the valley itself as last time I pedalled through there, there was no visual reward for my efforts climbing up the pass; only heavy rain and cold in complete darkness.
Slowly I weaved my way up the pass and looked back briefly into Little Langdale, you can see the pass to the left of the picture.
|Our two matching Genesis bikes :)|
The Duddon valley was a complete contrast to Wrynose pass, it was sunny and calm, lush and green. The valley was sheltered from the prevailing western wind and had a few small villages in it as well where we stopped for lunch.
It was then onto Torver and out to Coniston water, we crossed through to Esthwaite water which is one of the smaller and lesser known lakes in the area.
The story continues in Part 2...