How weekends should be….

Contouring above the Duddon Valley

We had a return to the Wayside at Whitbeck this weekend,  to do a bit more West Lakeland riding.  I like the western edges of the Lakes a lot,  a bit further to travel than the usual honeypot destinations but worth it for the lack of thronging masses.

Saturday was spent returning to my youth, riding the trails from the coast up to Miterdale and then making the most of the dry conditions with a traverse of Burnmoor Tarn which was just about as non bog like as I can ever remember. It was on the bridleway by the tarn that we met the only other riders (and Singletrack readers, Hi there!) that we saw all day shortly before we dropped down the Coffin Road into Eskdale.

Sharon rides past the singing frogs of Miterdale.

Crossing the Esk we headed back down the valley, across Muncaster Fell and back to the luxury of the Wayside for some warmth, great food and very welcome beers.

Sunday saw us heading over to cosmopolitan Coniston, we were willing to put up with a bit of company on the fells for the pleasure of climbing Walna Scar on the way back over to the Duddon Valley. Wall to wall blue sky, the perfect temperature for expending effort without sweat and views to die for were the feature of the day.  It’s a classic loop that’s well worth riding especially while the conditions are this good.

Climbing out of Coniston

Halfway up the climb, it's a beauty...

Great riding, uncrowded trails and a forecast for the coming weekend that looks promising. What are you waiting for?