2005 Club Members visit Cumbria and The Lake District.
We stayed at The Ravensworth Hotel Ambleside Road, Windermere, Lake District,
Cumbria LA23 1BA Tel:015394
43747 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.theravensworth.com
the official Website www.lake-district.gov.uk
Savour the peace and tranquillity
The tranquillity of the fells, valleys and lakes gives a sense of space and freedom.
There is an opportunity for spiritual refreshment: a release from the pressures
of modern-day life.
nature of the fells
The relatively open character
of the uplands, and the lack of modern development, is especially important. To
walk freely across the fells, or climb their crags, is liberating and gives a
feeling of wildness. To many the Lake District is a place where it is possible
to feel remote, yet know the nearest settlement is never far away.
The Lake Districts rocks provide a dramatic
record of nearly 500 million years, with evidence of colliding continents, deep
oceans, tropical seas, and kilometre-thick ice sheets. The area has the largest
and deepest lakes
and highest peaks in England. Its rock sequence contributes to our understanding
of past climates.
Daily pictures can be seem at www.keswick.u-net.com
Club members including Angie and I had the most wonderful 5 days in the Lake District,
we have decided this will be a regular trip for us each year.
seven hour 330 mile ride, all motorway (with comfort stops) was rather daunting,
it passed in no time, and far from taking it easy on the first day, after a hearty
breakfast off we went again, and again, and again, totalling 1,100 miles by the
time we returned to the Island.
The Lake District can be quite wet, we
were fortunate as it rained for just part of one day, the scenery is spectacular
to say the least, and as we had prepared rides for each day before the trip, we
were able to use roads which most visitors would be unaware
of. Bikes, of course, are idea for smaller twisting roads, off the beaten track,
so to speak. To give some idea of the size of the lakes, Windermere for example,
is the distance from Cowes to Ventnor 12 - 14 miles in length.
it is hard to single out one of our days, for me it was Day 2 which was across
Alston Moor between The Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park. Leaving
Ambleside taking the A592 the Famous Kirkstone Pass to Penrith, and then the A686
which is 48 miles, (which is noted as one of the UKs top 10 Biker Rides)
over Alston Moor to Haydon Bridge, which is just a short ride to Hadrians
The road rises to about 1,000ft with many hairpins as well as flowing
At the highest point there is a cafe with a 360 degree view, which
is simply stunning, although it was very windy. Returning from Haydon Bridge using
the B6303 which brought us back to Alston, retracing our route over Kirkstone
Pass to Ambleside and Windermere, what a fantastic day.