As we had arrived in Borrowdale I was stung by a wasp on my forehead. The allergic reaction resulted in a very swollen face. I decided it was OK to walk up a mountain, but I was glad it wasn’t a cycling day.
It was raining heavily in the morning so we took Kathryn’s bike into Keswick and luckily came across Whinlatter Bikes.
We left her bike with them to have the wheels rebuilt as the spokes were loose and the wheels were buckled.
We went up Scafell Pike from Seathwaite. At 978m the summit is the highest point in England.
The weather had improved somewhat by the time we parked at Seathwaite in the idyllic surrounds of Upper Borrowdale.
Our route took us up to Stockley Bridge.
The upward route along the Grains Gill Valley has splendid mountain scenery and is full of interest. However at Esk Hause we were enveloped in low cloud which we remained in for the rest of the ascent.
We reached the summit of Scafell Pike in 2 hours and 35 minutes.
As we emerged from the cloud on our descent we had a lovely view down Borrowdale.
We arrived back a Seathwaite having enjoyed our second peak despite having less than perfect weather.
We collected Kathryn’s bike from Whinlatter bikes in Keswick and following their advice Ian put a blob of superglue on every spoke nipple to prevent them coming loose again.