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On one of the many summits in the Lakes
Hawick, home of fine woollens and old traditions The road to Hartside
Programme for "The Lakes, A Two Day Pass" (380 Miles Approx)
This trip is two very full days touring, crossing the Border into Northumberland and Cumbria giving us panoramic hilltop views of the Borders and the North of England, running the vigorously defended Debatable Lands and Border Marches, scenes of bloody clan warfare.
More than half of this tour consists of tight, twisty, steep and single track roads, all the roads are tarmac but they demand caution with confidence.
These Highlands of England: are dissected by U-shaped valleys, known as dales, containing the lakes, some of which are artificial and all but one of which do not have the word “lake” in their names, being known instead as “meres” (Windermere, Grasmere, Thirlmere) or “waters” (Ullswater, Wastwater, Coniston Water); the exception is Bassenthwaite Lake.
Debatable Lands: This area twelve miles long by four miles wide, where Dumfries meets Cumbria and Northumbria, was called the Debatable lands because for three centuries it was neither Scottish nor English, its ownership fiercely disputed and control falling into the hands of reivers.
Day 1: A Ramble Oot : Starting from our head office in Melrose we head to Hawick, the largest town in the Borders, famous for its woolen and cashmere products. Hawick is also the home of museums to the memories of the late Steve Hislop and Jimmie Guthrie, two famous motorcyclists.
We continue our journey south to the fist of our highpoints, (No 1) Whitrope Pass 1006' the highest point of the old Waverly train line that joined Edinburgh with Carlisle as it traced its way through the Scottish Borders, the road at this point drops into a tight twisting valley that takes us to Newcastleton for a leg stretch and refreshments. Newcastleton is so named due to the profusion of castles and peel-towers, mostly in the Armstrong or Elliott possession that thronged this wild and strife-ridden stretch of the Border. Back on the road again we continue south to Longtown which lies at the heart of the “Debatable Lands” and is close to the location of the famous 1542 Battle of the Solway Moss, fought between the Scottish and English armies. James V (father of Mary, Queen Of Scots) had defeated the English at Haddon Rig in August 1542 and then decided to invade England with approximately 10,000 men. Sir Thomas Wharton, with only 3,000 English, met him at Solway Moss and gave James a good thumpin!
Within the Moss lies "Arthuret Church" dates from 1150. It was originally served by the monks of Jedburgh. The present Church, dedicated to St Michael and All Angels was built in 1609 in a late Gothic style. The site of Arthuret parish church is strongly linked to the legend of King Arthur.
After a short leg stretch at the Church we make our way for the first of our English Mountain Passes, Hartside Pass and for lunch at Hartside Cafe, the highest cafe in England. On the top of (No 2) Hartside, summit 1903', we find even more opportunities for taking photos and the chance to meet more bikers, the cafe is one of Britain's many "Bikers Meets" locations. After lunch we make our way to Penrith, gateway to the Lakes (the largest national park in Britain) and onwards to (No 3) "Whinlatter Pass" at a summit of 1040 feet, its not a difficult pass but the most northern pass in the Lakes and our second of eight English Passes that will give us plenty of machine entertainment and stunning views, weather permitting. Look out for Golden Eagles.
Soon after Whinlatter pass we encounter (No 4) Newlands Pass 1093' and very shortly (No 5) Honister Pass 1167', then (No 6) Dunmall Pass 781', (No 7) Wrynose Pass 1281', and (No 8) Hardknott Pass 1289', the steepest road in England, narrow, steep and twisty! After Hardknott Pass we get a wee break from the tight and twisty as we make our way to our overnight B&B
Day 2: The Trek Hame: After a good sleep and hearty breakfast we continue our Lake District adventure, making our way to the Windermere Boat Ferry. The ferry is not big, it holds about a max of 15 cars and the sailing is not long but it all adds to the adventure. Soon after landing we find ourselves riding through the town of Windermere, then on to our last pass of the Lakes (No 9) "Kirkstone Pass 1489'. Once over the pass we head to Carlise for refreshments and pay a visit to the Honda Carlisle bike shop. The final stage of this tour is the home run to Melrose, via Langholm, home of notable men such as Hugh MacDiarmid, Sir Pulteney Malcolm, Sir John Malcolm, Thomas Telford and the Armstrong clan, with our final pass at the base of Wisp hill summit 1953' near Mosspaul.
What a great two days.
General Information :
:The theme of all our tours is for a relaxed and unhurried trip, taking in local scenery and points of interest. We try to run at a pace to suit all within the group but appreciate that some may wish to go faster than others and will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.
It should be noted that it is Tom's policy to avoid riding on motorways so please do not expect any! However, there are occasions when we have to be at a particular location at a specific time and therefore the planned route may be altered accordingly.
The "Lakes" Run can
be incorporated/merged with any of our other day tours around the south of Scotland
Prices: For individual or joint tours are available on enquiry; accommodation options and costs can also be made available on request, if required.
Dinning out: We are always happy to advise on where to dine and when at all possible we like to dine with the hole group.
Bike hire: For information on bike/equipment hire and our vehicle support service please refer to our webpage Bike and equipment hire etc.
The theme of all our tours is for a safe relaxed and unhurried exciting trip, taking in local scenery, points of interest and great twisty roads. We try to run at a pace to suit all within the group but appreciate that some may wish to go faster than others and will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.