Troutbeck: Winding Lanes

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-07-11

With Liz, Ray, James, Ben, Lyn, Bernadine and Alex

While the more intrepid were off over the Lakeland passes, the more sedate of us also did quite a long ride from the Summer camp in the glorious, warm sunshine.  We wound our way along the back lanes from Troutbeck to Mungrisedale followed by Mosedale and along the moorland edge overlooking the Eden floodplain.  There was a slight parting of the ways as Ben decided to soldier on ahead and ignore the minor junction on the left.  Well, he missed a fantastic view and a great descent to Hesket Newmarket.  We met up again at the pretty Caldbeck tea stop around 11:30 where Bernadine and Alex decided to have an early lunch while rest of us tucked into cakes and coffee.  We pressed on around the back o' Skiddaw through Uldale and Bassenthwaite villages with more superb views and very little traffic.  Even the A591 was fairly quiet for the few miles before we turned off on the Applethwaite back lane and down into Keswick.  This was incredibly busy which might have explained the quiet roads so far.  A late lunch was had at the Lakeland Pedlar cafe.

There was a parting of the ways as Liz and Ray went back to the campsite while the rest of us opted for a circle of Derwentwater.  We were chased down Borrowdale by an open top double decker bus with its noisy air brakes sounding like Darth Vader behind us.  It was a relief to run off at Grange and lose it.  We climbed up under Catbells with more great views and then back to Keswick to follow the others route along the old railway track.  Be warned, this track now has a pretty rough, loose surface.  It was still very warm so a quenching pint was called for at the Horse and Farrier in Threlkeld (my favourite pub!).  After a second round we all decided that we would stay and eat in the pub rather than barbeque in the forecast rain.  By the time we left we'd all had a little too much to eat and drink to make the hilly route back comfortable so it was just as well the lanes were minor with little traffic.  The barbeque was over but we still had time to have another beer and a chat before the rain started.

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