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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:00 am 
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NWA regional ride: The Lake District ~ Coniston and Grizedale (a re-run)

:: Date: Sunday 22nd September 2013
:: Distance/time: 18 - 22 miles / 5-6 hours riding (depending on pace and various route options)
:: Meeting at: The Bluebird Cafe. Car park on Lake Road just to the south of Coniston at 10:00am for 10:30am start.
:: Directions: Grid Ref: SD308970 ~ Postcode: Cumbria LA21 8AN

The Lake District National ride was cancelled earlier in the year due to excessive amounts of snow, but there was always talk of a re-visit later in the year.
Well here it is. With the Lake District road ride taking place on the Saturday, this ride will be ideal for anyone who wants to make a weekend of it. Or you can just come up for the Sunday and still get a great day's riding in.

:: Terrain: Rocky and natural Lake District singletrack and trails with some climbs and great descents. It also uses sections of the North Face Trail in Grizedale Forest.
This route avoids the really big Lakeland mountains and, while challenging in places, is very suitable for riding on an a retro machine. Be prepared for the usual changeable Lake District weather. There are some short road sections but the route is mostly off road. A few technical sections and plenty of glorious views and fast descents.
There are also easy to follow short cut options for anyone who is struggling.

:: No Helmet :: No Ride

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High Tilberthwaite

:: Route Description: This route has a great mix of natural trails, forest singletrack and incredible Lakeland views.
The ride starts at the Coniston Ferry landing. The Bluebird Cafe is a great place for a pre-ride coffee and bacon bap should you wish to get there early.

The route begins with some great singletrack and then a narrow lane up to High Tilberthaite. Then it's across past Hodge Close before turning west to Arnside Intake. From Knipe Fold the ride continues on some quiet lanes and to the edge of Grizedale Forest at High Cross. We'll join the North Face Trail and follow it down to the Visitor Centre for some food.
After some food we'll continue up to Lawson Park, before an optional extra section and then a great descent down and out of the forest to Bank Ground. Then it's a short roll back around the northern tip of Coniston Water back to the start point.

:: Accommodation: There are plenty of B&Bs in Coniston and several Youth Hostels nearby. There are also loads of other accommodation options in the Lake District for anyone wishing to make a weekend of it.

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One of many great descents.

Last year's aftermath here: --> viewtopic.php?f=5&t=189138

See you there.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:05 pm 
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RIGHT THATS IT, THATS REALLY IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First run of this and you cancel it from beneath my feet all because of a wee bit of the white stuff leaving me looking foolish outside the Bluebird Cafe with my Neon Pink retrobike. Now you rerun it when I'm on my hols at the Loopallu music festival in Ullapool as far away as you can get.
I know you dont like me because I smell but could you be less obvious about it :x








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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:44 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:59 pm 
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See, See, it was only a wee bit snowy. Admittedly a Fluffychicken was there but he was hiding his disgust of my pungent aroma quite well, the rest of you were to in horror to come near me................HHAARRRUMFFFFFFFF







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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:50 pm 
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Location: Stockport, staring at the Peaks
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:54 pm 
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Are you in or out on this one Pete?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:05 pm 
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drystonepaul wrote:
Are you in or out on this one Pete?


Have to check with my dad as it's possibly his birthday weekend, but I'm fairly confident for the Sunday, Saturday more in the balance...

Will let you know as soon as I can pin him down!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:52 pm 
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Okay good. I don't really want to be staying over if there's nobody to ride with on Sunday.

Not that I mind riding on my own at all...


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:35 pm 
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Sorry I won't be able to grace you all with my presence, I'll be among those less fortunate than ourselves this weekend (That is I'll be visiting Larndarn, innit).
Enjoy yourselves.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:37 pm 
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Location: He doesn't live in "The You-Kay"; he lives in GREAT BRITAIN!
drystonepaul wrote:
Okay good. I don't really want to be staying over if there's nobody to ride with on Sunday.

Not that I mind riding on my own at all...


Hope it's not just you Paul, riding along talking to yourself wouldn't suit you!


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