Your Trips

Sanctuary at the inn

October 26th, 2011 by

Just completed a 2 day trip from Whitehaven to Sunderland with rain for the first half a day and a strong east wind throughout! Loved it, but struggled up those big hills. Suffolk was no preparation.
The first section is really pleasurable until Winlatter Pass. The first part felt like the worst though and the top was quicker than we expected. Riding through the Lakes was lovely but the slope between Threlkeld and Hartside keep sapping the energy. A colleague had a nasty fall when catching mud on the side of the road, but despite ripped Gortex and grazed elbows and knees, was back in the saddles after chocolate medicine. Hartside was the biggest challenge, perhaps because it was the end of the first day (75 miles) and was where I had my fall (wet leaves). Alston is a great place to stop after a big downhill. The Cumberland Inn was perfect for real ales, pub food and sleep.
Day 2 Starts with a shocker. A cobbled hill! The strong wind made our progress incredibly slow and with three big climbs and mist and low cloud, this was the slowest section. But snacks at the top of Nenthead were followed by 40 miles of down hill – not steep – but continuous. Made up loads of time, despite 2 punctures on road bike tyres, and arrived safely before sun down at 5.30pm. The signs are pretty good throughout although you do have to concentrate (unlike a couple who will remain anonymous and shot of down big slopes or climbed up unnecessary hills).
Gareth Betts-Davies
Suffolk