The Best of the Lakes Part 1

After a tough winter week of work there is nothing better than planning the weekends adventures! With so much to choose from we decided to head to Great Langdale for the weekend. Instead of travelling in each day we decided to base ourselves at the National Trust Campsite.

The campsite was quiet and had a spectacular view in every direction. The splattering of snow also helped the winter feeling in the Lakes. The plan was to have a lakeland blast on the bikes and then walk Crinkle Crags the next day.

A short typical lakeland ride would take us on a bridleway from Great Langdale over to Elterwater. The route was quite busy for this time of year with walkers who walked smugly past as we fixed a rare puncture!

The bridleway has plenty to keep you interested and the views at this time of year were stunning. Once at Elterwater we headed for Loughrigg Fell. Unfortunately like many of the paths in the Lakes this has been sanitised and what once was a challenging climb is now quite easy to spin up! However with views like you get off the fell and a cracking descent to Ambleside we should not really complain!

The descent to Ambleside has everything and is one that always puts a smile on your face when you reach the tarmac road. Turning left at the bottom we headed back around to take in the views down to Rydal water from Loughrigg terrace. We were not disappointed.

The ride back to Great Langdale was a short spin along the road. For an afternoon winter blast this was a cracking ride with some of the best views the lakes have to offer! It was soon time to crank up the gas fire and thaw out the feet!

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