PROPER full day's cycle.
From the tranquil rural village of Cleator Moor near Whitehaven all
the way to Greystoke near Penrith, we cut a cross section through the
lake district from West to East and suddenly come to appreciate that
real hills have nothing to do with those gentle Norfolk slopes which
once looked so daunting!
The most surprising thing was the number of downhills on this section,
and each brought with it the dread realization that an even bigger UP
would follow. Which it always did.
We puffed and huffed with burning lungs and aching legs up winding
lanes, alongside mirrored lakes, down through forest tracks, past
farms, villages and across rivers. Finally we were rewarded after a 10
mile climb out of Keswick (the "w" is silent, as in "Paul Anka") with
a blissful 2 mile freewheel down to the perfect Ambridge village of
Greystoke and the superb Boot and Shoe Inn.
And you know what? It was a bloody fabulous day!
Tomorrow is even tougher ... Another hearty breakfast will be needed!