Monday, 30 August 2010


3 a.m. SATURDAY.  Heavy rain starts and  hammers on the velux in the bedroom.   I lie awake hoping that it will blow through and the day will be as forecast,  sunny intervals with showers.  Sadly the day was as   bad as the Lakes gets. Periods of torrential rain with low cloud cover  with just the occasional visit from the sun.
 In an attempt to escape the worse we decided to drive  over to Ullswater via the Kirkstone Pass and then turned up  north towards the A66 between Keswick and Penrith.   Since  exploring the area just to the north of the A66 ,which is a maze of very quiet moderately undulating lanes , a run here has been on my "to do" list. 
 We parked at the village hall in   MUNGRISEDALE , walked up the hill together and  Pat, plus several groups of fully clad walkers headed off towards Bowscale Fell as I headed off on the road looking  for a somewhat flatter run.
  The 10 miler proved somewhat more testing than I thought it would but the the inclines would not add much to a race time.  This Common would prove a fabulous venue for a race over the 10 miles or even a 10K with very little traffic and great views of   Carrock Fells and the surrounding countryside.    Fewer than a dozen cars passed me in the 90 minutes. A paradise for cyclists!
 We didn't really escape the weather though as incessant rain driven at me by a strong northerly made for a very testing exercise.  Still a good "reccy" of the area and one for the future.  A good rub down and a quick change then into the MILL INN for lunch. 
 Two days, 18 miles on tarmac;  much search out some trail tomorrow, hopefully with some sun on the back!


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