Hawkshead Mountain Biking
When I suggested a weekend in Hawkshead in November my fingers were well and truly crossed. And it worked! We had three dry, mild days with hardly any wind - a great result. Mark G and Jenny turned up early on Friday as well as Alan and me so we headed up into Grizedale Forest for a good ride over towards Far Sawrey. Alan fell off as we headed down to Lake Windermere on a very mossy and slippery bit of rock but apart from that we made our way safely over Claife Heights and had a good run back into Hawkshead.
On Saturday we were joined by Mark R, Judith, Steve, Mike, Liz, Dave, Ian and Graham and we climbed up into the forest and headed down the North Face trail to the visitor centre before climbing all the way back up to the top of the forest to head over to Parkamoor. We haven't done this trail for ages and it turned out to be as much fun as usual, lots of rocks and some fairly challenging sections littered with trail bikes trying to climb up. We avoided the traffic and arrived down in Nibthwaite. Up again and then a long rocky run back to the visitor centre, somewhere along the line Mike managed to trash his rear mech on a rock so we had a quick pit stop at the bike shop (excellent choice of place to break your bike). Eventually we abandoned Liz and Mike in the shop and headed back up to the Fox for a final run down. We then had a lovely evening watching the local firework display, it went on for ages and everytime we started clapping another huge rocket would go up for another round of excitement. Eventually we all ended up at the Kings Arms for a meal together.
Sunday was yet another glorious Lake District day. We headed north for a change and had a good run down Iron Keld before making our way down into Hodge Close for a musical descent of Xylophone. A couple of interesting climbs and descents led over to Elterwater and a run down the river to Skelwith Bridge. A final climb over Iron Keld nearly finished me off but the last descent back into Hawkshead was a good end to a great weekend.