Lake District - UK
I am riding over in Europe right now.
About Easter time, I crossed the channel and I traveled as far north as the Lake District in the North West of England.
This post is all about a single day ride into the Lake District.
I was once a student in the town of Preston, and the Lakes were pretty much in my backyard, and one of my favorite location. I knew the area so well that I did not need a map or anything to get around, I even discovered the pleasure of hiking steep hills during those happy years.
After discovering motorcycling in Vancouver, I was more than looking forward to ride the lakes for the first time and see them from a different perspective than a cage.
I could not believe my luck with the weather. This is a region generally beaten by rain days in days out, yet that day, it was so nice and balmy that I was able to remove the riding suit. I mean 23 deg C and no wind.
The typical red phone booth still dot the UK landscape.
The lakes district is home to thousand of sheep, who pretty much roam free in open range areas. from time to time, it is necessary to open and close a gate on the paved road.
This is countryside region typical of Europe after all. Old path linking farms and villages have been paved over the years, but without the use of heavy machineries to straighten and flatten the landscape.
And of course this makes for some seriously fun but also dangerous riding.
The locals are always wondering what a camera pointing at them is for.
After less than an hour on the tighter roads, I was surprised to come upon some sport bikes.
More sports bikes, but in the end the dominance of the Dual sports on those roads was overwhelming.
Approaching the seriously stupid road of the lakes.
Hardknott pass is seriously steep. Facing the Irish sea it is also an extremely windy location. A roman fort is the attraction mid way up. And honestly, you wonder how many slaves died on those slopes building the fort.
Up top, a valley has to be crossed to another but easier pass. The UK is full of magical places like this, where no sign of civilization can be seen around, yet only a few miles away, the population density is one of the highest in Europe.
A gruesome bike race was taking place that day. Lucky guys let me tell you under such a perfect sky.
The locals own the place, all of it.
Coming down to Langdale.
There is very little barbwires in the district. Only crazy stone walls all around.
Leading out of the park, the road widen, but the twisty do not disappear either.
All you have to do is program the GPS to avoid any kind of main roads, and you will find yourself on some pretty good bike roads.
There are cool roads all around and
Closer to Preston, I crossed one of the harshest landscape in the UK, called Forest of Bowland. Most peoples associate the Dartmoor park in Cornwall with extremely dangerous areas in winter times since many deaths have occurred there, and are generally more publicized. But to me Forest of Bowland is just as dangerous because the roads are way more tricky.
Beautiful photos. Sounds like a great trip and brought back lots of memories as I grew up in the area and learned to ride in the Lake District (1960's) I'm pleased to see that the character of the place hasn't changed. Post more pics if you have them!
I have cousins that live just N and W of Skipton (A59 right on the Lancs/Yorks border), that I am going to visit in August. Plan a couple of days "touring" out from there === Plus the Trough of Bowland is one of my favourite rides. Nice pictures, and lucky with the weather!!
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Was that Dr. Who's time ship in the first pic?