August Bank Holiday in Patterdale

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-28

Only a few of us made it away over Bank Holiday but we still ended up having an action packed time. Saturday saw Alan, Dave T and me checking out the trails at Whinlatter yet again (in our defence it was raining). Both Alan and Dave went flying over the bars and landed on their heads, Alan’s excuse was that the trail was wet, Dave’s that he wasn’t looking where he was going and didn’t notice the very steep drop-off at the end of the woodwork he followed me onto (remember, if you follow a girl then you have to ride like a girl as well!).

Rory, Graham, Phil and Rach joined us on Sunday for a seriously undulating 20 miler over Garburn Pass and Jenkin Crag, we had to have a long rest eating cake in a lovely sunny café garden in Ambleside plus a look in Bike Treks to recover our energies for the trip back to the car. Dave cooked us all an excellent meal in the hut we were staying in at Patterdale and regaled us with stories of his early exploits in the Lakes with his brothers.

Bank Holiday Monday dawned bright, clear and not too windy so we headed along to Hayeswater and made the steep ascent up onto High Street, stopping on the way to reinsert Dave’s wheel that suddenly decided to drop out. The ridge north was a bit boggy so we had a bit of a ploddy ride along to Wether Fell (sorry Rach) but the views were fantastic and the descent off the end and round to Howtown was as much fun as always. The lakeside path back to Patterdale was reasonably clear of walkers so after dire warnings to Dave about looking where he was going we headed off to do the tricky, rocky bits. Phil disappeared down the steepest bit at high speed, the rest of us took it a bit more sedately and we all ended up lying in the sun behind Silver Crag (and nobody landed on their head). Ice creams at Side Farm brought an excellent weekend to a satisfactory conclusion.

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