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Motorcycle Group Tour of Yorkshire and Cumbria

Added on: Sun 23rd July 2017

As many of you know, following last year’s ride along the route of Offa’s Dyke and then around Snowdonia, we decided to do another group ride this year. Peter came up with the first draft of a 4 day ride and this was then amended by Martin and me.


Unfortunately, due to medical complications Peter and Martin then had to drop out. However Robbie and Barbara (aka “The Brats”) and then Richard signed up for the trip.


The trip went exceedingly well despite the torrential rain as we crossed the North York Moors on Tuesday morning.


Monday went OK and we crossed the Humber Bridge and went around the West side of Beverly. We had a couple of off-route excursions due to new roundabouts and two waypoints being off road. After one of these we decided to follow the Whitby signs but in Scarborough Robbie continued on the planned route and then his SatNav battery died. He arrived at the hotel about 30 minutes after me and Richard.


Tuesday started badly weather-wise and after a coffee stop in Thirsk to avoid the rain, Richard decided to ride directly to Keswick via the A1 and A66. Robbie, Barbara and I decided to continue stalwartly and were rewarded later in the day by excellent roads and scenery. We even did the Wensleydale Creamery guided tour and cheese making demonstration before heading for the Ribbleshead Viaduct and then Devils Bridge near Kirkby Lonsdale arriving in Keswick at 6:30 in glorious sunshine.


Wednesday dawned to a cloudless sky and the roads were dry and grippy. We followed the planned route around 10 Lakes except the road around the back of Thirlmere was closed so we were in slow traffic on the A591 instead. From Ambleside we went straight up “The Struggle” which morphs into The Kirkstone Pass and after a stop opposite the Kirkstone Inn we continued through the pass to Glen Ridding on the banks of Ullswater for a coffee stop. Riding along the side of the Lake we eventually joined the A66 and M6 before taking the A6 over Shap down into Kendal and onwards to The Lakeland Motor Museum.


The Museum was worth a visit with a good selection of cars and a wide range of motorcycles all in excellent condition. The Donald Campbell exhibition was quite small but it had 3 replicas of his cars and boats. I think there is a bigger collection in the village of Coniston. The ride back to Keswick was spoiled by a mini-coach on the narrow A-road from Coniston to Ambleside. It was probably going fast for a mini-coach but too slow for us. Ambleside to Keswick went much better.


On Thursday, Robbie and Barbara were staying for an extra day and Richard decided to go directly to Peterborough. I rode the planned route on some brilliant hill roads from Orton to Reeth over the tops on the B6270. This was probably the best twisty road I have ever ridden. I missed a turn before Knaresborough so I ran through Harrogate instead. At Ferrybridge I stopped at the services for lunch and decided to go back via the Humber Bridge instead of using the planned route. This went very well using the A15 except for lots of lorries on the first part of the route. I arrived home at 5:10 after an excellent holiday.


The Saxonville hotel in Whitby was excellent. The secure parking had a 3 foot high brick wall and a triangular 2 bar gate with a lock. They charged £2 per bike per night. Thornleigh B&B in Keswick was wonderful and we were warmly greeted by Clare and David who provided a fantastic breakfast each day. The nearby Wetherspoons was awful (due to insufficient staff to keep the tables cleared) so we ate at the Bank Inn following recommendations from Clare. This was so much better.


If you follow this link it will take you to two shared folders in Microsoft Onedrive:!AkecO0foXQCBhnFgva5uJdZTsbrB


The first folder contains 6 short video taken on my Garmin Virb camera. You can play these videos directly off the linked folders but they play much more smoothly and with better resolution, if you download them to your PC first. However they do total to 13.6 GBytes. The Lakeland Hills video switches to high speed once we got behind a mini-coach. This makes it look much more exciting. Also the “Herd of Sheep” video plays at triple speed as 11 minutes behind the flock was a little tedious. Note how the sheepdog gives me a hard stare at the start of the video.


The second folder is a selection of the pictures taken by Robbie, Barbara and me at various stages on the trip.

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