Featured Touring 4 Days In Yorkshire And Cumbria

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  1. brown mouse

    brown mouse Noble Member

    Sep 15, 2018
    East Midlands, UK
    Last weekend I spontaneously decided to book a B&B in Cumbria for this past Monday to Thursday, the weather forecast looked very good 'up North' and I'd been wanting to go back that way after my first visit last year with Mrs Mouse. This time I would be heading off alone, leaving Mrs Mouse to work. :(

    Day 1

    The weather forecast nearer home was distinctly less good and it was raining for the first hour or so of riding. I had foolishly put my camera in an outside pocket so at the first stop I found it was sitting in a puddle of water, and was completely knackered :sob: After another hour of eating up the miles on dual-carriageway, this time under grey but dry clouds, I turned off to the more rural and scenic roads to ride north-east across the Yorkshire dales. Right on cue, the sun come out and I settled into that relaxed and happy cruising through the countryside feeling. :grinning:

    A bit north of Grassington I spotted a Tiger 1050 with a flat rear and the owner putting in a compressed can of some instant repair stuff. He was riding back from Scotland with some friends who soon came back to find him, and together with one of their quick-fix cans and air from my battery operated tyre inflater he was mobile again. I earned an ice-cream for my good deed, which was gratefully received as I was finding waterproof liners were also sweat-proof and was getting very overheated in the sun.

    Moving again, with some cooling airflow, I headed down valleys and across fells.


    There were lots of sheep everywhere and at one point one ambled into the road ahead of me and promptly laid down on the white line in the middle of the road. They seem to like the heat of the tarmac for their afternoon siesta and I was to see quite a few doing so.

    I got to the B&B which was in a quiet village south of Penrith with more sheep roaming the streets.
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  2. brown mouse

    brown mouse Noble Member

    Sep 15, 2018
    East Midlands, UK
    Day 2

    Today I was heading across to the Lake District. I took the main A66 road to Keswick, which though a bit busy still has great views to enjoy. After filling up with fuel and food supplies I headed south, down past Derwentwater


    and over Honister Pass.


    I ate elevensies in the shade of large rock by a stream, then headed along past Buttermere


    and around the end of Crummock Water


    Following the satnav kept me on the small roads to the west of the Lake District then around to Wast Water.


    I stood chatting at Wast Water for a while with another biker who gave me a route idea to avoid Windermere on the way back, and it was about 4pm before I set off.

    The road from Eskdale to Broughton-in-Furness was very nice, with great wide views


    By this time I was getting very hungry and conscious I still had a way to go, so rode with more urgency on the A road to Coniston and up to Ambleside. I was hoping to get a quick snack there, but couldn't find anything with a cursory search so pressed on, over The Struggle to Kirkside pass.


    Then up past Ullswater where I finally found shops with supplies in Pooley Bridge, including nice beer :) which I was soon enjoying when back at B&B about 7pm.
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  3. brown mouse

    brown mouse Noble Member

    Sep 15, 2018
    East Midlands, UK
    Day 3

    The next day I headed to the North Pennines. I was a grey start and rather cold going up Hartside Pass, where I stopped for a while.


    Then off to Alston and down to Middleton-in-Teeside before following the B6276 back westward. The weather had brightened up by now, and the road was very quiet, so I found a spot to relax and have an early lunch picnic.


    I was now heading south to Hawes, which I knew would be a very nice route. Up over past Tan Hill Inn and down south again along single track roads where I found a parking spot to spend a while chilling out by myself.


    Then though dales


    and along Buttertubs pass


    I got to Hawes about 4pm and I was hoping to find hot food. It was very busy and the chippy was shut and I ended up at a place someone suggested which didn't provide very appetising food, but at least it filled a hole.

    I headed back to B&B for 6pm, to relax and get an early night because I expected the next day to be a long one.

    Day 4

    The final day I met up with a friend at Hawes to go riding around the dales with. As it turned out this was a relaxing time with much chatting and photo stops, so I probably ended up not doing many more miles than if I'd retraced my day one route. We ended up at Squires Cafe before I headed home.

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  4. andyc1

    andyc1 Lunarville 7, Airlock 3

    Feb 4, 2017
    N. Ireland
    Class pictures! The place looks stunning Well worth a bit of the wet stuff at the start.
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  5. Smilinjack

    Smilinjack Crème de la Crème

    Aug 14, 2016
    Good work Mr Mouse, nice part of the world is northern England :)
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  6. Bikerman

    Bikerman Crème de la Crème

    Oct 29, 2014
    Brilliant pictures, so glad that you got great weather. Lets hope for some more yellow stuff in the sky over the next few months.
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  7. brown mouse

    brown mouse Noble Member

    Sep 15, 2018
    East Midlands, UK
    Thanks :) and yes, it sure is nice. Discovered it last year and now on my annual todo list along with Scottish Highlands. Must fit in Wales some time too as not been there on two wheels in recent decades.

    Handy thing this internet, can get good route ideas from reading about other forum members adventures, and from watching youtube channels.
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  8. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising

    Apr 27, 2016
    North West England
    What a fantastic story board. Loved the dialog and the pictures, which brought back loads of memories of rides in northern England. Thanks for posting. :):)
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  9. TEZ 217

    TEZ 217 Crème de la Crème

    Mar 6, 2016
    south shields
    great ride, great pics, and even greater north England roads to ride,
    well done, looks a very enjoyable few days,
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  10. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!

    Dec 3, 2018
    Tucson Arizona
    Fantastic photos and write-up, @brown mouse! It looks like you had a wonderful and relaxing trip. You certainly were riding through some gorgeous countryside! I'm sure Mrs. Mouse was disappointed to not be able to join you. Thanks for sharing your travels with us!
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  11. brown mouse

    brown mouse Noble Member

    Sep 15, 2018
    East Midlands, UK
    Thanks, and I did :) Mrs Mouse won't miss out in September as she has booked leave for another 11 night Scotland tour :grinning:
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  12. OsteKuste

    OsteKuste Intergalactic Warlord

    Oct 22, 2017
    Tennessee, United States
    I’ve yet to do many overnights but your trip has inspired me!
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  13. BiMiWi

    BiMiWi Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2021
    New England
    Beautiful country. Some of the pictures remind me of New England, but a bit less craggy and rugged. Would love to ride there someday.
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  14. Dawsy

    Dawsy Cumbrian half-wit

    Aug 24, 2018
    Lovely Brown Mouse :)
    You were fortunate with the weather as the Lakes is named because we have more than our share of rain!
    But even in bad weather it is beautiful:grinning:
    Glad you enjoyed your trip:)
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  15. Dartplayer

    Dartplayer Crème de la Crème

    Aug 8, 2018
    New Zealand
    Great work brown mouse:cool: enjoyed the write up and the pix.:heart_eyes: Another virtual trip this week :p
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  16. joe mc donald


    Dec 26, 2014
    slough / burnham
    Great write up and fantastic pictures. This is our intended route for next year.
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  17. Herman66

    Herman66 Active Member

    Dec 28, 2019
    Dorset, U.K
    Nice thread, good to hear about the stops and places to visit.

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