The promised sunny weather arrived as predicted and with only a light breeze it had all the hallmarks of a great day for cycling.
After a good breakfast we drove into Keswick to hire the cycles from Keswick Bikes https://www.keswickbikes.co.uk/ . Despite the fact that the business had been badly affected, earlier this year, by the floods, the shop was in pristine condition and the service we received was exemplary. Nothing was too much trouble. They even suggested some possible routes. We started out following their suggestion but soon worked out our own route. Firstly we headed towards Buttemere but soon turned off and started to head towards Catbells, (peak 1,480 feet) to take a circular tour of Lake Derwentwater.
The riding was energetic with a number of hills to climb but this was mostly rewarded by enjoying a freewheeling ride downhill after reaching each peak. I have to confess some of the hills required me to get off and push the bike but nevertheless this did not detract from the enjoyment of the experience. This was especially the case as, being out of season, there were few cars on the road. The ride also gave the opportunity to stop and enjoy the beauty of the area.
After nearly five hours of cycling, including a well earned stop for a lovely lunch, we headed back to Keswick and returned the bikes and stopped to have a well earned cup of coffee. (to be cont>)