Garstang to Hawkshead

I left Garstang and rode to Glasson Dock in heavy mist and rain, it was a level ride but very windy. I had breakfast in a cafe in Glasson and I got some donations. I took the cycle path to Lancaster in very heavy rain. I skirted town and took a cycle route “Killet to Lancaster” to Nether kellet which was terrible for lorries and I had trouble keeping the bike and trailer on the road due to the high winds. I just about made it in one piece to Carnforth where I found a cafe to warm up and dry myself in.

River Lune from Glasson
River Lune from Glasson

I reluctantly left Carnforth and cycled through some beautiful country from Millhead to Warton, Yealand Conyers, Yealand Redmaynes, Yealand Storrs and from White Moss to Slack Head I had a climb through Major Woods where I saw a group of deer and a deer leapt out high over a stone wall and in front of a car which luckily missed it.

Glasson to Lancaster Cycle Way
Glasson to Lancaster Cycle Way

Richie called me at 4pm and I told him my route and said if he hadn’t seen me by Levens Hall to stop and wait. I continued through Beetham, Wood Edge, Sandside to Milnthorpe where I took the A6 to Levens Hall and waited for Richie on the bridge. My left knee has started to play up big time (surprise, surprise) so I am using a knee support, ibuprofen tablets and ibuprofen gel (which seems to make my knee sticky and not do much else) to try and help it along.

Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere

We agreed that Richie would go ahead and start looking for somewhere to stay after the bridge over Windermere and he would leave his motorbike out the front so I knew where to stop. I went to Levens Hall village to avoid the super busy A590 dual carriageway and went to Sampool Bridge and took the much quieter A5074 with a detour around Gilpin Bank past Flodder Hall which kept the wind on my back more than on my front!

Windermere from ferry to Far Sawrey
Windermere from ferry to Far Sawrey

The beautiful A5074 took me all the way to Lindeth and the vehicle ferry (not a bridge) across Windermere to the B5285 to Far Sawrey in the heart of the Lake District. I spotted Richie’s bike outside the Sawrey Hotel and he helped me take my stuff to the room and ordered food whilst I had a bath (they were about to stop taking orders and there was no shower).

Old Church near Far Sawrey
Old Church near Far Sawrey

We had a five course dinner and retired to the bar for a couple of bevvies and a catch up before hitting the sack. My knee was so bad that I couldn’t take the stairs properly, hobbling up them one at a time 😦 Hoping that a rest day tomorrow will help considerably.

31.1 mph MAX 8.0 mph AVE 47.11 miles

572.9 total

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