29TH. AUGUST 1970. Pat and I married in Reddish near Stockport and whilst wedding guests partied we left around 5 and took a train to North Wales. We had been blesed with a fine day for the wedding, all had gone well and 40 years later Pat, ever tolerant, is still putting up with me. Meanwhile..... back in the Lakes.......2010.
The strong northerly from Saturday eventually blew the rain clouds through and enjoying bright Lakes sunshine we drove around the bottom of Lake Windermere via Newby Bridge to check out what the Grizedale Forest facility had to offer. The trails proved to be largely set up for mountain bikers; a lot of work and investment has gone into the "visitors' centre", courtyard cafe etc but probably a tad contrived for hard core bikers. We enjoyed a 3 mile trail walk and headed back via Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey to take the short ferry journey back across the lake to Bowness.
However, not before slotting in the promised trail run. Llate afternoon I headed up the westerly side of Windermere towards Wray Castle which I was hoping would be 3.5 up the lake shore to give a nice 7 in total.
As the castle comes into view the garmin is indeed showing just less than 3.5 so a run up the slope proves just sufficient before heading back down with that cold northerly breeze now welcome from behind. Another one on the "to do" list ticked off. Pat enjoyed a shorter run and was waiting with the camera, taking this shot as I came up the final slope. The 7 brought the week's total to a very pleasing 50 miles; but more relevant was the tempo 5K on the track in the best time for months, a couple of solid undulating road runs and a couple of uplifting trail runs with magnificent backdrop.