Dunmail Raise to Buttermere
While we were away on our snowy adventures on Snowdon and seeing all the snowy fell photos back home, I fancied getting up them. I also fancied a bike ride around Thirlmere before the busy roads re-opened and now that a section of path has been upgraded to a permanent tarmac track. So I thought I'd combine the two.
Now I was going to start from the base of Dunmail for the sake of completion but I didn't fancy it first thing.
|"The Gap" looking nicely filled in|
I also wondered if I could cycle all around Thirlmere but the road was a hive of business getting it ready for the 13th May opening
|#NotJustLakes #Reservoirs too ;-)|
|Well ok it would be rude not to|
|Love the old signs|
|Castlerigg Stone circle|
|The obligatory Derwent boats shot|
A walk around to Friar's Crag bench...oi where's the bench gone?!
|There's something missing here?|
I'm always curious seeing old stones in the undergrowth so will stop at any old plaque
|W. Hodgson 1878|
|Lambs 'chilling' in the heat|
|Heavy rucksack and clumpy hiking boots aren't going to help|
|Fancy a dip, very inviting on a hot day|
|Well this first section is never going to happen|
When I was younger before Honister reopened I hiked the lakes with my brother staying at all the youth hostels, it was wilder remote place back then, errie with rusting quarry machinery laying forgotten. Do the YHA still make you do chores? And I bet you don't have cards they rubber stamp, each with a different design to collect.
|I remember making vats of porridge back in the day!|
|Hmm it looks a lot steeper on bike...|
Actually I didn't like the smell of burning disc brakes and the bike didn't appreciate it much. Deploy clumpy hiking boot foot brake!
Ah I remember staying here, I remember having waffles with maple syrup and ice cream for breakfast!
|Waffles with maple syrup and ice cream, a hearty breakfast?|
|Lunch time on Buttermere|
I continued on to see the Rannerdale bluebells which are starting to come out. I see again there is a new path forming from the river right through up the main bank, Why? You are only ruining your own photos...
You know the last two cups of tea you've got in your flask? You know the ones I mean, the ones that you really need and would really hit the spot. Don't you just hate it when you knock them over...
As Newlands Pass drops down to Braithwaite, it was time for home, a dash through Keswick, passed by Keswick Boot Company, Oi you could have stopped to give me a lift up to nest brow ;-)
It would seem the message about the A591 being closed hadn't reached news to everyone or to sat navs as a couples satnav directed up to the gap then around and tried to go back down to the gap.
With A591 mostly quiet it was a pleasant whizz back through Thirlmere. 50 miles might have been more than planned but the fun is in the unplanned wandering.