Sunday 28 April, drive to Keswick and drop off luggage at ‘The Fells’, our accommodation for the duration of the tour. Unload and set-up our bikes before heading for the Newlands Valley to complete a short 10 to 15 mile route.
Sunday evening, head in to Keswick (on foot) for dinner at The Dog & Gun.
Monday 29 April, up early to prepare for an all day ‘enduro’ style ride. Route in brief, head north to the foot of Skiddaw at Applethwaite (offering excellent views of Derwent Water and beyond). Continue cycling north passing Dodd Wood (possible comfort stop, with coffee), and then on to High Side. The route then heads round the back of Skiddaw and Blencathara, offering some decent climbs, before breaking out onto the moorland at Uldale Common. At this point our route makes an exhilarating decent toward Hesket Newmarket, this is our lunch stop (at the village store). After lunch the route leaves Hesket Newmarket and heads south, a short climb before riding down (eventually) through the picturesque landscape of Mungrisdale Common and on to The Horse and Farrier at Threlkeld. The day finishes with a steady climb up to visit the stone circle at Castlerigg before making a fast decent back in to Keswick.
Monday Evening, dinner tonight will be at our accommodation, giving plenty of time to relax and reflect after a full day in the saddle.
Tuesday 30 April, after breakfast there will be time available to further explore the area, or perhaps move further afield, before making our journey’s home/onward.