Honister & Whinlatter passes from Keswick Wednesday 1st July, 2015

Derwent Water
Posted by Carol Charlton on 2015-07-09
We had invited Cyclists to meet at the Keswick Lakeside Car Park for our ride, prior to our walk up Cat Bells with the Walking section the next day. We had picked a great spell of weather for this 2 day break but in all honesty, we could have done with cooler conditions. The car thermometer read 27 degrees when we reached the Car Park prior to our ride. We greeted our group of 11 and set off through Keswick, Portinscale and onto Grange where we had our first coffee stop.
It was warmer still as we cycled southwards through Borrowdale to Seatoller where we started to climb Honister Pass. It was very warm and humid and I think that only James and Barbara managed the whole climb without a stop. Lesser mortals had the occasional stop, and some of us resorted to pushing - no names mentioned here but we know who we were!  We had a lengthy rest at the top before descending to Buttermere. There were a few drops of rain as the cloud thickened and this only made if more humid. The weather settled and we continued along the banks of Crummock Water to the tea shop near Lorton where we had welcome refreshments.
After lunch, it was time for Whinlatter – less steep than Honister but some pushing was still required by the usual suspects! We all enjoyed the long descent to Braithwaite as we made our way back to Keswick. 9 of us stayed at various venues in Keswick and met for drinks at The Dog & Gun prior to enjoying a meal at Casa Bella in Keswick, after which we returned to the Dog & Gun before returning to our overnight bases. A great day and thanks to all who joined us. 
Steve & Carol Charlton  
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