Friday, September 25, 2009

Mini Lakes Tour

Helen and I have just come back from a short tour of the lakes while staying at my mother’s static caravan near Bouth. For obvious reasons I went on the Viffer, luggage, fuel range etc.. Getting on it for the 1st time since getting the ZX-9R it felt like riding a comfy chair.


Sunday 20th September

We set out at around 11:00am on Sunday and headed up the A56/M66 to Clitheroe. However as seems to be the norm I forgot the caravan keys so had to turn back after about 5 miles. Helen carried on to Clitheroe services and we met back up after I had gone back for the keys. We filled up at Clitheroe and then headed into Clitheroe and then got on the B6478 to Slaidburn via Newton Fells. We then turned left in Newton and took the road to Dunsop Bridge. We then turned right and took the road through the Trough of Bowland. They still have the road blocked off near Lee Bridge and you are diverted through Abbeystead before rejoining the main road just before the Tower. We then turned left in Quernmore and headed over to Caton and joined the A683 to Kirkby Lonsdale. We stopped at Devil’s for a brew but it was far too busy, so decided to just go to the caravan.


We left Devil’s and headed on the A65 towards the M6. We crossed over the M6 and joined the A590 to Kendal. We continued on the A590 all the way to the caravan at Bouth.


Monday 21st September

We set out at around 10:00am and joined the A5092 at Spark Bridge. We then turned right onto the Kirkstone PassA5084 to Torver. At Torver we turned right on the A593 to Coniston and then continued on this road to Ambleside via Skelwith Bridge. In Ambleside we joined The Struggle which we took up to the top of Kirkstone Pass, where we stopped at Kirkstone Inn for a brew.


After the brew we went down the otherside of Kirkstone Pass on the A592 and went through Patterdale and Glenridding before riding alongside Ullswater. We turned off the A592 at Waterfoot and joined the B5320 to Haweswater Reservoir Eamont Bridge, just after Pooley Bridge we turned right onto minor roads to Askham. We then continued on minor roads through Helton and Bampton before joining the road to Haweswater Reservoir. We rode alongside the reservoir to the far end where the road ends. We stopped for a brief while to take some pictures and then went back along the road again briefly stopping at Haweswater Hotel. Unfortunately they don’t serve food on Mondays and Tuesdays due to hardly any passing custom. So we headed over to Shap via Bampton Grange and Rosgill where we managed to find a pub serving food.


Haweswater Reservoir We left Shap on the A6 heading to Kendal and soon hit some very wet and windy weather. We were not able to enjoy the road due to the poor conditions. We stopped in Kendal for some fuel and then after dodging a lunatic car driver, who nearly had me before deliberately crashing into a people carrier, we then joined the A591 and then the A590 back to the caravan in Bouth.


Tuesday 22nd September

Sheep @Wast Water We set out at about 11:00am and joined the A5092 at Spark Bridge. We took the A5092 to Grizebeck where we joined the A595. We took the A595 all the way to Ravenglass and then joined minor roads to Santon Bridge. We then joined the road to Wasdale Head and rode alongside Wast Water to the end. We stopped at Ritson’s Bar at Wasdale Head for a spot of lunch.


Birker Fell After lunch we rode back alongside Wast Water before stopping for the obligatory photo of sheep for Helen. We then headed through Eskdale Green and over Birker Fell to the steep hairpins at Ulpha. We then continued on and went over Dunnerdale Fells to Duddon Bridge where we joined the A595 again. We then joined the A5092 at Grizeback and headed back to the caravan via Spark Bridge and a quick drink in the White Hart Inn in Bouth.


Wednesday 23rd September.

Clapham Common We set out at around 11:00am and headed on the A590 towards the M6. We went over the M6 and joined the A65 to Kirkby Lonsdale. We stopped in Kirkby Lonsdale so Helen could go to the cheese shop. We then proceeded over to Devil’s Bridge for a bacon butty and a brew.


We left Devil’s on the A65 and just after Ingleton we turned onto minor roads and went over Clapham Common and past Stocks Reservoir. We then joined the B6478 to Clitheroe via Slaidburn and Waddington. We then proceeded home via the A56/M66.

Church in Gisburn Forest