Next week I hope to go off with the caravan to climb Marilyns and I intend to take the bike. I may try a short cycle camping trip after that to see how it goes. I have found I can get all my backpacking gear into two rear paniers quite easily, so what on earth those people I see toiling north up our nearby A6 towards John 'o Groats laden with paniers back and front and other assorted baggage are carrying I often wonder.
My cycle route yesterday took me north following the River Lyvennet, a tributary of the Eden, which I had never heard of before. Driving up to Shap, cycling on the route, and returning home via the M6 was all eerily free of traffic to say it was bank holiday Monday.
The area bounded by Tebay, Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and the M6 is worthy of further exploration on the bike. The Lyvennet valley is partly limestone country, but with many houses built of red sandstone (I think), providing a characteristic landscape meriting a return trip.
On the way home I came across Pete (my walking friend on Thursdays) and his wife Liz's car parked in Orton. I thought they were in the chocolate shop café but couldn't find them, then I discovered the newly opened Silver Yard Café which they had "discovered", and there they were. There is always competition between us to sample anything new that opens first, so they won this time, and I had my second brew and cake of the day as consolation. The café is well recommended.
|At Crosby Ravensworth|
|At Morland. A great discovery - 9.5 out of 10.|
Beware! Closed Tuesdays
|Zoom to Blencathra (Saddleback)|
|The Howgills taken from road north of Orton (NY 629 099) on my way home|