After spending far too much time on my mountain bike, I decided it was time to get some cross bike action in. A circumnavigation of Blencathra and Skidaw in the Lake District seemed to fit the bill – plenty of quiet roads, some mine tracks on the north side, and plenty of beautiful scenery.
Finding the coast-to-coast route in Keswick was the first hurdle of the day, but eventually a narrow gap in a fence was found, and the route was started.
The ride along the railway track was beautiful, but the section along the A66 wasn’t. Once leaving Scales, however, the route gradually made distance from the A66 and became nicer and nicer (though there were a lot of gates).
Around the Caldbeck fells, the route leaves the tarmac and works its way west along old mine tracks.
Once off the hill there are some really remote roads, gently undulating, before back off-road at Green Head.
From Longlands there are more undulating narrow and deserted roads, before a wonderful descent through the Park Wood into Bassenthwaite. I was expecting a pub stop here, but it was closed 😦 Never mind, cycle on.
Eventually the A591 must be joined for a high speed 6km run into Keswick. Bike packed away, and off to the Little Chamonix café for a quick snack.
Strava log: https://www.strava.com/activities/404847030