The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

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The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby Cheshire Cat » Sun May 26, 2013 18:15 pm

...is that come the holiday season, even the quietest roads become rat-runs:

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Still, it has its benefits:

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...and you get to walk/pedal up some big hills, this is the summit of Skiddaw:

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...and the view over Keswick on the way down:

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A great day out, 97 miles covered, only spoilt by the frigging Garmin screwing up. Route took me from Ravenglass, over Cold Fell, over Honnister, up to the top of Skiddaw, and down. Through Keswick to Grange and then Whinlatter, back over Cold Fell and home to Ravenglass.
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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby Cleat Eastwood » Sun May 26, 2013 18:49 pm

And living in the lakes makes your toast soggy.

That last picture looks amazing, its like one of those grandiose* views that take your breath away abroad- theyre either clouds or some one has set fire to the mint cake shop :lol:

*apologies - i've just read a dictionary - but apparently the film is better
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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby denniskwok » Sun May 26, 2013 19:49 pm

Envious. Although living in County Durham the countryside is only a few miles ride away, I do wish I had more long hills to tackle.

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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby Cleat Eastwood » Sun May 26, 2013 20:08 pm

denniskwok wrote: I do wish I had more long hills to tackle.


I wish I had more long tackle. :(
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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby john1967 » Sun May 26, 2013 20:38 pm

Cleat Eastwood wrote:And living in the lakes makes your toast soggy.

That last picture looks amazing, its like one of those grandiose* views that take your breath away abroad- theyre either clouds or some one has set fire to the mint cake shop :lol:

*apologies - i've just read a dictionary - but apparently the film is better


You are quite right,this view is stunning and it was Wainwrights favourate view of his beloved lakedistrict.
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Postby elderone » Sun May 26, 2013 21:09 pm

stunning pictures,and it,s not raining.bonus
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Postby goonz » Sun May 26, 2013 21:15 pm

Awesome pictures, I am envious!
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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby Cheshire Cat » Mon May 27, 2013 06:41 am

...and just to save other folk the trouble of finding out, there is no cafe at the top of Skiddaw, was most disappointed :wink:
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Postby SloppySchleckonds » Mon May 27, 2013 06:53 am

Cheshire Cat wrote:...and just to save other folk the trouble of finding out, there is no cafe at the top of Skiddaw, was most disappointed :wink:


It would only attract morons in cars :wink:

Fantastic pics.
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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby mr_joe0606 » Mon May 27, 2013 10:28 am

that looks amazing every time i go to the lakes its raining cant wait to go in the sun.

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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby Bordersroadie » Mon May 27, 2013 11:07 am

Great photos, Cheshire Cat!

The Borders is like a "Lakes-Lite" in terrain and scenery but is wonderfully deserted all year round - hardy any traffic even in midsummer. And having ridden the Fred the other weekend our council is way more generous when it comes to maintenance of our backroads.

I couldn't hack that sort of traffic (or any come to think of it. . .), and all the caravans/motorhomes. . . .

I love the brutality of the hills over your way though, we have plenty of 100ft per mile routes here, but none that provides the colossal amounts of pain that yours do!

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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby Cheshire Cat » Mon May 27, 2013 11:40 am

Bordersroadie wrote:I couldn't hack that sort of traffic (or any come to think of it. . .), and all the caravans/motorhomes. . . .


Funny thing is, you see as many bikes on top of said cars and motor-homes, if everyone of them was being ridden the roads would be in a much better condition and folk would get along much better...it is funny watching irate motorists get angry with each other though.

And I agree with you regarding the condition of the road surfaces, you would have seen how badly cut up Hardknott is, as for the Borrowdale road out of Keswick, well, it needs to be sorted before the Tour of Britain comes through.
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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby dodgy » Mon May 27, 2013 11:44 am

You can ride a road bike to the top of Skiddaw these days? Or did you have to walk it?

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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby thegreatdivide » Mon May 27, 2013 11:56 am

Looks bloody fantastic!

Adds to bucket list.
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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby Cheshire Cat » Mon May 27, 2013 11:59 am

dodgy wrote:You can ride a road bike to the top of Skiddaw these days? Or did you have to walk it?


I used my cross bike, hoofed it for about two thirds of the way up, I looked at it as starting the 3 Peaks training early (providing I get an entry).
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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby NickintheLakes » Mon May 27, 2013 12:27 pm

Great place to live though - I live in Kendal and have the same bike as you too!

Did you get it in The Lakes @ Askews by any chance?

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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby denniskwok » Mon May 27, 2013 13:05 pm

Cleat Eastwood wrote:
denniskwok wrote: I do wish I had more long hills to tackle.


I wish I had more long tackle. :(


It's all about girth, not length apparently.

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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby Cheshire Cat » Mon May 27, 2013 13:13 pm

NickintheLakes wrote:Did you get it in The Lakes @ Askews by any chance?


Nick - I didn't, got it from a shop in Cleator, asked them to leave it in the box as I preferred to build and check it over myself. Excellent bikes, owned it for a little over two years now, would certainly recommend them...just wondering if Giant are going to release a disc brake version of the frame this year.
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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby Canny lad » Mon May 27, 2013 18:35 pm

thegreatdivide wrote:Looks bloody fantastic!

Adds to bucket list.


^^ This. Superb pics :D

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Re: The worst thing about living in the Lakes...

Postby ademort » Mon May 27, 2013 20:43 pm

When i lived in the UK i used to go regularly up and round the lakes, brilliant, Like you say as soon as the weathers half decent the world and his wife are up there. Mind you i cant blame them scenery , hills and a cafe stop what more could you ask for in a days cycling.


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