You need to get out at Christmas.  Escape from the routine of slothfulness and gluttony and blow the cobwebs away.

Where better than the Lakes?

dsc_4133The forecast was good and the reality even better.  Bright sunshine from a sun at a blindingly low angle leaving a pattern of long shadows across the land.  There was a nip in the air and a bunch of frozen puddles on the ground.

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We looped out of Staveley and up past Dubbs Reservoir.  I normally just head straight past, but today we stopped to admire the view.

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We aren’t the only riders out today – there are half a dozen others out and about.

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The climb proper up Garburn starts here – well, half a mile or so up the track anyway.

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The wind from the north is quite chilly – without the sun it would be pretty cold!

We’re quickly up at the col – looking forward to a quick descent to the warmth of the valley bottom.  It’s  bit iffy heading down – patches of ice over the rocks are enough to cause a few sphincter-tightening moments and during one of these I realise the potential advantage of a brown saddle.

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And we quickly swoop down to the valley floor.

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Warm enough to stop for a quick bite, catch our breath and look back up at where we’ve been.

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One last climb out of Kentmere up onto the west side of the valley.

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And then we reach the Sawmill descent.

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It’s a bit nice!

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We’re back at Staveley in time for Wilf’s.

Sadly he’s closed for Christmas – probably gone out for a ride.

Nonetheless, a cracking ride for the elite posse – Shaman, Mr Sparkle and PunkRockDad, and a great way to spend a birthday – got to rush back now and open my pressies!

Finally got the route down.

Let’s see what it looks like:

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Hey! That’s pretty cool!