ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Day Trippin'
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-23-2011, 01:48 PM   #1
BikeLugger OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
BikeLugger's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Lancashire, UK
Oddometer: 181
March warm up through the Lake District

At work it’s that crazy time of year when people are trying to spend what little remains of their budget. Some are also realising they still have holidays to take before April resulting in many sporadic days off.

I had no money to spend, but I did have a couple of days to use up.....

I’m going to blame BoydRIDER for this route. Some time ago I suggested a trail for him to take on the way to the Lakes where he planned to spend the weekend on his KTM 990. He then published a ride report with some photos of Hardknott Pass and a baby Lighthouse. On my way to various walks I’ve put my share of mileage in around the Lakes and done Hardknott a few times in the process. I’d never seen that lighthouse before though. After a bit of Google magic I’d found it and worked out a little route taking in a few High Passes on the way.


I had a route,
I had a day off,
The forecast was good,



The trip started with a quick blast up the M6 from Preston to the Kendal turn off, followed by a whizz along the A591 to Windermere. The weather around Preston was glorious, clear blue skies and a steadily climbing temperature. However as I approached Lancaster I could see a blanket of sea fog covering Morecambe Bay and into the Lakes. Sure enough as I left the M6 I entered the thick haze, temperatures dropped and a light mist covered the windshield.

Instead of going straight through Ambleside, at Windermere I headed right, up the Kirkstone Pass to the top of ‘The Struggle.’ On the way up the clouds began to break and I was treated to some sun.

Mmmm, bends.....





Before heading down to Ambleside I stopped by the Kirkstone Pass Inn to stretch my legs.



Heading down t’Struggle the old girl fancies a bit of a pose.



After Ambleside I headed to the Langdales. On the way I took a little road I’d not used heading from Grasmere to Chapel Stile. Very nice too. No photos sorry, I was too busy dodging families, prams and dogs all walking from Grasmere. It’s a Wednesday! Why aren’t you at work!..... Oh, you have holidays to use before April do you? Fair enough.
__________________
Matt.

Save $5 with SmugMug, voucher code - mwllJmqM2Vgzo

BikeLugger screwed with this post 03-23-2011 at 03:26 PM
BikeLugger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2011, 01:59 PM   #2
BikeLugger OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
BikeLugger's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Lancashire, UK
Oddometer: 181
Heading into the Langdales.



I stopped at the Dungeon Ghyll car park and after using the facilities rewarded myself with a piece of Toblerone. (yes, I washed my hands)



I headed out over to Little Langdale and the bottom of the Wrynose Pass. On the way there was more posing in the sun.



The view from near the top of Wrynose. I love the lakes when there are a few clouds in the sky. I think they help to bring out the colours of the fresh spring grass and the remains of the dead bracken.

__________________
Matt.

Save $5 with SmugMug, voucher code - mwllJmqM2Vgzo
BikeLugger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2011, 02:11 PM   #3
BikeLugger OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
BikeLugger's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Lancashire, UK
Oddometer: 181
Wrynose Pass behind,



In the distance, a few cars on Hardknott Pass snaking down the hill.



This guy was really taking his time, not wanting to be stuck holding the GS on a 1:3 slope I let him get ahead before I started after him.



At the top I took another breather. The walls of the roman fort can just be seen to the right of the green cultivated land.



It’s bad enough having ever thinning ginger hair without Shoei reshaping my head to resemble Kryton from Red Dwarf....



__________________
Matt.

Save $5 with SmugMug, voucher code - mwllJmqM2Vgzo
BikeLugger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2011, 02:31 PM   #4
BikeLugger OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
BikeLugger's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Lancashire, UK
Oddometer: 181
On the way from Eskdale to Ulpha in Dunnerdale I found this cracking view.



A view so big it made the old girl seem small.



As I was about to leave another bike pulled up behind me. I got chatting to this guy in his mid 70’s wearing battered leathers riding an old Kawasaki ZZR. Top marks to this fella, he knew the area like the back of his hand. We spent 20mins or so standing with the sun on our backs admiring the view talking about walks and rides done previously.


He headed back over Wrynose while I went to Millom to find the Haverigg Lighthouse.

It’s on an easy rocky byway around a sea wall. Although I save the rough stuff for my little Yamaha this was nothing more than a bumpy track with a few big potholes.



After completing the loop it was time to head home. Nothing interesting here sadly, ear plugs in and a blast down the M6 home.

Dirty girl!



Just shy of 200 miles in the end. Top stuff.



By the way those aren't volcanoes. Google maps doesn't have a suitable symbol for 'mountain pass'
From left to right- Hardknott, Wrynose, Langdale to Little Langdale and Kirkstone Pass

Thanks for reading.
__________________
Matt.

Save $5 with SmugMug, voucher code - mwllJmqM2Vgzo

BikeLugger screwed with this post 03-23-2011 at 03:25 PM
BikeLugger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 03:48 AM   #5
Viv
Adventurer
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: London
Oddometer: 42
Looks great - very dramatic scenery with the clouds and sunshine adding to the effect. A nice quiet time of year for that part of the world too.

Viv
Viv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 07:39 AM   #6
frazman
Post***ern Redneck.
 
frazman's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: North of 40, South of 60.
Oddometer: 1,852
Very nice! I was hoping to see a pic of the pub at Pooley's Bridge though!
frazman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 01:28 PM   #7
Dickyb
Bewildered Adventurer
 
Dickyb's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Kas-Antalya,Turkey
Oddometer: 1,038
Lovely. Brings back fond memories of a time long ago in a land far away with a top girl behind me.

Cheers,

Dickyb
Dickyb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 01:43 PM   #8
IslandMonkey
Gnarly Adventurer
 
IslandMonkey's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Manchester (ish), England
Oddometer: 371
Love the Lake District - perfect spring weather too. Nice one.
__________________
Sean
IslandMonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 01:53 PM   #9
E-man
4-4-09, 12-6-09, 1-13-10
 
E-man's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Pittsburgh
Oddometer: 9,147
Awesome, although you didnt have anything to do with making the scenery, you captured it well
__________________
"Lest we forget"
They gave the ultimate sacrifice because they answered the call without question
E.O.W. 4-04-09, Eric, Paul and Steve
E.O.W. 12-06-09 Officer Crawshaw
E.O.W. 10-12-11 Derek Kotecki
E-man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 02:21 PM   #10
cleanair
Gnarly Adventurer
 
cleanair's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: just past resume speed
Oddometer: 180
Great pic's of some beautiful country that I'll never see.
cleanair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 02:32 PM   #11
VictorBravoMikeIndia
Low Altitude Flyer
 
VictorBravoMikeIndia's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Sarf Ingerland
Oddometer: 131
Cracking photos !

You certainly have an eye for capturing the landscapes.
VictorBravoMikeIndia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2011, 04:38 PM   #12
DurtKlod
Beastly Adventurer
 
DurtKlod's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Oddometer: 1,271
Back in '94, I was able to see some of the Lakes District with a stop off in Grasmere. After that, we went up Kirkstone pass and on to Edinburgh. Only trouble with that trip was that I couldn't do it on two wheels like yourself but rather, I was stuck in the back of a little British van with 6 other college students. It's just not quite the same.
__________________
It's not the limits of the bike... it's the limits of the rider on the bike.
DurtKlod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2011, 08:06 AM   #13
BikeLugger OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
BikeLugger's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Lancashire, UK
Oddometer: 181
Thanks for the comments

I couldn't really go wrong, as long as the lens cap was off they were going to be good photos.

Took a few minutes of video too. Boring for those who have done the passes as there is no superstar riding skills involved, but for those who may never get up there it might be worth a watch.

__________________
Matt.

Save $5 with SmugMug, voucher code - mwllJmqM2Vgzo
BikeLugger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2011, 08:25 AM   #14
g®eg
Canadian living in exile
 
g®eg's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: 41.655984,-71.302657
Oddometer: 6,029
yay!


I loved our (too brief) loop through the Lakes!
thanks for posting
__________________
Greg
Europe 2013 Europe 2012 Europe 2011 England 2010 Gaspe PQ 2008 Nova Scotia 2007

Try to see the world beyond your front door.
g®eg is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2011, 09:25 AM   #15
A.T.
Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Marietta
Oddometer: 16
Awesome pics and video…thanks…ya damn sure need some good brakes coming down Hardknott Pass!!
__________________
2008 KTM 690 Enduro
2000 KTM 640 Adventure R
2000 Cagiva Gran Canyon
2004 KTM SXC 625
1994 KTM 400 ISDE
A.T. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 06:21 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014