Going “cross”

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.

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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).

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More gates
More gates
Amazing views into the hills from Mosedale
Amazing views into the hills from Mosedale
A strange invention, bracken bales
A strange invention, bracken bales
The view south
The view south

Around the Caldbeck fells, the route leaves the tarmac and works its way west along old mine tracks.

Onto the mine tracks
Onto the mine tracks
The view east from the mine track
The view east from the mine track
Just before descending off the hillside
Just before descending off the hillside

Once off the hill there are some really remote roads, gently undulating, before back off-road at Green Head.

On the track from Green Head to Longlands
On the track from Green Head to Longlands

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.

Nice wooded road on the way back to Keswick
Nice wooded road on the way back to Keswick

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

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