Day Six takes us out of Manchester into the beautiful Lake District (with a 160 metre climb to end the day). At least our stopping point at Wheelbase Lakeland Limited in Stavely is near the Hawkshead Brewery so we can celebrate the end of the day with a local beer.
Looking at the elevation of our 79.57 mile route it does appear that we will be bookending the ride with hilly sections, with a more restful ride from Preston to Lancaster. Boo is hoping for some coastal views at Calnforth.
We estimate that the two sets of hills add up to about half a mile of climbing giving us about six and a quarter hours in the saddle. With so much scenic and geocaching potential we are leaving a little extra travel time. We will leave the National Cycling Centre at 8am and enjoy the advantages of two wheeled transport out of the city of Manchester so will look to see our Support Vehicle by second breakfast. We should all be just north of Kendal by 4pm.
Day Seven takes us through the scenic Lake District halfway to John O’Groats and into Scotland ending at the 100 year old Kirkpatrick Cycles in Dumfries.
We start our route with a 400 metre vertical ascent in our first twelve and a half miles out of the Lake District. Maths suggests this will only add 15 minutes to the ride. But we’ve seen other cyclists take on the route to Shap and think it will take us a lot longer to drag ourselves to the top. At least it is then a long steady flat run across the border into Scotland. So we are hoping for nothing but tailwinds.
We aim to leave Wheelbase at 8am, have our second breakfast at the top of our climb (a little early but we will want the sustenance so we can make the most of the downhill reward), and reach Kirkpatrick Cycles for 4pm.
Who fancies joining us for our hilly Lake District adventure?