Riding from Keswick to Matterdale via St. John’s in the Vale, Threlkeld Quarry and sections of The Old Coach Road in the Lake District National Park.
I took my picnic lunch at Mosedale Beck with a fine view towards Blencathra, Skiddaw, the ridge of the North Pennines and on this exceptional day, even over to Eskdalemuir in the Scottish Borders.
That rare and expensive new-bike smell is beginning to wear off and also the new CRF300 Rally has taken its first mud. So it’s not new any more!
The hairpin bend in my lead photo is part of the track (U2234 103) from Sykes Farm to St. John’s in the Vale which crosses the saddle (222 m.) between Low Rigg and High Rigg. Byeway open to all traffic, ie legal to ride.
Not an Alpine route but hey, the climbers used to use the Lake District to train for the Himalayas, meaning you’ve got to start somewhere.