Thursday, 24 November 2016

Fatty Rides Again...Tilbirthwaite from Skelwith Bridge

Its been a long time since I've had a day on the Fat Bike for various reasons. Today though was the day....cold, crisp and sunny. care was needed on the ice patches mind!

Still a lot of frost as I left Skelwith and headed for Elterwater

Great reflections in the Brathay

I rode/pushed over Owlets Nest and was greeted with the familiar view of Wetherlam and the Greenburn Fells

Once in little Langdale the next port of call was Slaters Bridge...Still frosty!

In the shade here....very chilly! As I headed back over to Tilbirthwaite

Gratuitous pic of the Fat Bike at my lunch spot in the sun. Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke in the distance

I had a good play round in the quarries of Hodge Close.
 Its a favourite area for me, the Silver Birch looked superb today.

On the bridleway through to Stang End.

Back to the car on the multiuse track to Skelwith.
The last of the days light shining on the Pikes and Silver How

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Rough Stuff Fellowship Ride From Wilfs....Staveley

A really cold wind greeted us as the 3 of us left the warmth of Wilfs Cafe. We pedalled up Brow Foot Lane in Kentmere. The hills all round had a scattering of snow, but it would be a while before we were riding in it. First we tackled some bridleways above Ings before we headed over to Troutbeck and back...heres a few pictures of the day.

Adam on the way back over to Ings, Kentmere Fells in the background

The Coniston Fells from Brow Head Lane

The Langdale Fells from Moor Howe

The head of Troutbeck from Dubbs Road.
A great day, although my toes may disagree!!
The track of our route may be found here for those who use Strava! 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

The Jaws of Borrowdale

Today found us at Grange-in-Borrowdale. The plan being to do a circuit of Castle Crag...and indeed that's what we did. Although not in the direction we'd planned! It rained for the first mile or so....

It faired up though and the last of the Autumn colours were still excellent

As we had lunch beside the Derwent the sun lit up Kings How

Lots of berries waiting for the winter migrants

Looking down into Borrowdale and Ullscarf beyond from Tongue Gill

A foreshortened view of Great End

Derwentwater and Skiddaw seen from below Castle Crag.
Back to the car from here, all downhill but into a bitter wind.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Skippool Creek

A poor forecast had us heading for the coast. We've walked much of it hereabouts, but a glance of the map this morning and I saw a bit of coast untrodden by ourselves near Skippool on the Wyre off we went.

Our arrival at Skippool coincided with some boats being craned into the creek.
good to watch the expertise of both the crane driver and the handlers.

The tide was well in, the creek and the edge of the estuary here has many homemade jetties and piers in various states of repair...or dilapidation!
All very scenic in a quaint kind of way we thought.

Many of the yachts and other craft looked abandoned, a shame.

The path continues round the coast giving us a view back across to the boats beside the creek.
Our route back was via Stanah and Little Thornton, having had a dry walk.
No hills but all new terrain :-)