Steve & Carol’s A2C, (Aspatria to Carnforth) 8th – 12th June, 2015

Posted by Carol Charlton on 2015-06-21
Monday 8th June
 
We set off around 3pm by car with bikes on the back to drive to Carnforth. We stopped for tea and cake on the way near Ravenstonedale and then onwards to book into our nice B & B – Capernwray House, 3 miles from Carnforth where we planned to leave our car until collection at the end of our cycle tour. We had a bar meal at a nearby Pub which was fine but the Landlord was Mr. Dreary and the pub was tired. Back to our B & B for a good night’s sleep. 
 
Tuesday 9th June
 
Sunny and still ! Cycled to Carnforth Station and decided to take the 10.35 which meant a change at Barrow. Quote of the day from a workman who was cleaning CCTV cameras: his phone rang and someone had obviously asked him how we was, to which he replied “Living the dream” ! The train was five minutes late so we had to rush to catch the connecting train to Aspatria, carrying the bikes down numerous steps and up further numerous steps to our platform. Fortunately, both trains had a guards van so storing the bikes was no problem. We got off at Aspatria and enjoyed the 27 miles to Braithwaite – more hilly than we had hoped. We had a nice interlude at the newly opened Distillery at Bassenthwaite – we later learnt that the conversion from a farmhouse had cost £6 million. We had a nice cup of coffee and they insisted on giving us a sample of their whiskey. We bought a miniature of “The One” - it would have been rude not to !
 
We checked in at the Coledale Inn in Braithwaite and had a good bar meal. We may well have had a glass of Laphroaig !
 
Wednesday 10th June 
 
Gloriously sunny again as we cycled into Keswick for sandwiches for lunch. Quote of the day from a young woman emerging from Mountain Warehouse with her hung-over partner – “I don’t care how rough you feel, we are going up that goddam hill” and “When you stop being an arse, I’ll be nice to you”. Excellent entertainment.
 
We cycled the railway track, crossed the A66 and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the road around Thirlmere. We joined the Ambleside road and whizzed down to Grassmere for coffee and an ice-cream, and then on to Ambleside where we checked in at Brathay Lodge – we were on the top floor and it was hot. We had a nice meal at the Pulling Mill (formerly the Glasshouse) with a very expensive glass of Jura.  27 miles again.
 
Thursday 11th June 
 
After a hot and sleepless night in Ambleside, we cycled to Poppi Red at Hawkshead for a coffee and toasted teacake. We amended our plans for the day and cycled to Sawrey and onto the ferry across to Bowness where we had a very pleasant longish lunch at The Hut watching the world go by. We travelled onwards to Newby Bridge and checked out where our B & B was located before returning to Lakeside for tea and an ice-cream. Back to the B & B and an evening meal at the Anglers Arms, Haverthwaite – rough as old boots but a nice meal and pleasant staff. 25 miles.
 
Friday 12th June
 
The forecast was for the hottest day of the year and it was – and humid. We left the B & B and rode along the main road to Newby Bridge and then took the quiet high road to Lindale where we had a coffee stop and bought supplies. We joined the Cumbria cycleway and enjoyed the quiet roads to Levens, then south to Beetham, and the Yealands. Carol saw a deer ! We were suffering with the heat but eventually found a pub in Warton where we had the best pint of iced lime and lemon we’d ever had but served by a man who made Monday’s landlord seem like Al Murray “ – good grief, he was so dreary !!!
 
We had a short distance to travel to Capernwray House where we were staying overnight again and had completed our journey – 31.5 miles today, 110 in total. 
 
We now had our car and drove to the County Hotel in Carnforth for a bar meal and returned to our B & B where we relaxed in our room with wine and Jura. Home on Saturday after another ‘Charlton Adventure’. 
 
The End !
 
Steve & Carol Charlton
 
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