Showing posts from March, 2017

3 punctures in a single ride and dreams of tubelessness!

Having "missed out" on what turned out to be a great ride the weekend before, G and I decided to repeat my ride and see if it was really that good or if I was just embellishing the details to spite him for ditching me at the last minute and leaving me to ride solo!

Unfortunately, while the route was to be the same, the weather was somewhat different - 3c ish and windy for pretty much all of the ride.

We got an early start and met at the Abbotstone Down car park (just off the B3046) at 7:30am with the promise of "no rain" being all that we could really hope for.

After raving about the previous weekend's ride G was keen to see if it was all I made it out to be and we set off in good sprits on the first downhill section following the Wayfarer's Walk along Spybush lane to Brown Candover, before starting the first section of climbing along Church Lane and then staying on the Wayfarer's Walk on a rolling 2-3 miles.

The trail had dried out a bit since the pre…

Place Fell, Lake District

Standing at 657m above sea level, Place Fell is not one of the higher Wainwrights, nor is it particularly challenging to get to the summit from the lay-by directly off the A592 at Bridgend.  But it's location just south of Patterdale (nr Ullswater) where Donna and I were staying for a few "Isabelle free days" was only minutes away and it seemed like a nice re-introduction to the Lake District fells and mountains after far too much time away from them.

So after a fair bit of searching along the A592 we found a decent lay-by next to a collection of houses in Bridgend and, with the early stages of a light drizzle setting in, and with a backdrop of snow crested higher peaks, we parked up and set off on the track leading westwards from the car up towards Round How.

Having driven across to Patterdale (where we'd be staying for a few days) from Thirsk (Yorkshire) that morning we hadn't really prepared for the walk and so, in a way that is very unlike either of us, we s…