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Seathwaite Weekend (Feb 24 -26) Cycling Print E-mail
Written by James Gravenor   
Saturday, 03 March 2012 16:46

Paul and Martin cycled from Northallerton to Seathwaite on the Friday whilst Melanie and I cycled from Kirkby Stephen. The wind was deceptively strong or at least I felt it was but that may have been just me struggling to overcome the after efffects of a bad cold.

We all met up (and with Barbara who had driven there) at Wetherigg for lunch where a cockatoo took a fancy to Martin's saddle and decided to eat it. After 44 miles into the wind I decided to take up Barbara's offer of a lift from Keswick.

On the Saturday ten of us (Liz, Paul, Carol, Peter, Helen, Martin, Anth, Catherine, Barbara and I) cycled to Portinscale for delicious enormous scones. The party then split up and six of us cycled up the west side of Bassenthwaite. To avoid the A66 we took a forest track which proved to be rather difficult - we were all forced to dismount and push up hill - most of us dismounted voluntarily whilst Catherine fell off (becoming a regular occurence). The track was only for a few miles and meant we had a quiet route with great views of the Lake. We returned along the east side of Bassenthwaite stopping at the saw mill cafe for lunch and via Keswick and the east side of Derwent Water (37 miles in total).

We were fortunate to get our showers and our meal before the water supply to the hut packed up. Despite various forays by intrepid backwoodsmen and women we were unable to fix the problem and resorted to filling buckets from the stream. Some of us spent some time in the pub watching the Enland - Wales Rugby match. Graham Rogers commented glumly at the end that "we lost". My response was "We didn't all lose" as I'm half-Welsh so is Glenys and Martin's step-father was Welsh.

On Sunday eight of us (six from Saturday now joined by Melanie and Mark who had walked on Saturday but without Catherine and Anth who had driven home, Paul who had cycled home and Martin who had cycled to another hostel in the Lakes) cycled 26 miles from Greystoke to Caldbeck. It was a lovely day and a lovely quiet ride with great views of the Lakes but no passes to cross. Carol brewed up tea and coffee back at her camper van an excellent finish to an excellent weekend. In total 12 people cycled at Seathwaite and another 12 went on Bernadine's Richmond ride - so 24 in all were out that weekend - it just shows how active and vibrant the section is. 



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