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Bill and Garry's Dent Adventure

By larryblag -


 20 August 2010 11:16

Bill and Garry's Dent Adventure

Mon 16th Aug 2010 Bill arrived at our place about 8:15 and we set-about repairing his tent pole which had split lengthways like an old garden cane. We had a cuppa and set off about 10:00. Joined the M1 at Jcn 27, and rode up to the A1 at East Garforth.

Leaving the motorways finally at Wetherby and riding East on the A659 towards Otley and Skipton, A65 to Settle and finally finding some lovely twisties on the B6479 through Stackhouse, Horton in Ribblesdale.

We turned left onto minor roads and through Cowgill arriving at Dent. Lovely little village, has everything you need. Cobble stones and Yorkshire charm aplenty. Good camping at High Laning Farm, libation at the Sun Inn, and the George and Dragon (now known as the Dent Brewery Tap).

After pitching-up tents - Bill's repair a complete success, we headed out to "explore" some more lovely roads. First stop Devil's Bridge, Then into the Lake District itself visiting (rather briefly) Kendal, Windermere taking-in some fantastic scenery made a whole lot better by the changeable weather.

The light was fantastic with patches of dark blue sky, white grey and black clouds casting multiple moving shadows on the valley sides. Got a little "air" underneath the Versys during a spirited ride down Kirkstone Pass (sans panniers).

Evening meal at the Sun Inn, early bed. Tues 17th Aug Up early looking for milk for my early morning cuppa - none to be found, back to bed. Bill woke me up at nine and we had a healthy, brisk walk to the Stone Close tea room (about 20yds!).

We were treated to a lovely Full English by the ladies at this hostelry. Bill and I got philosophical and attempted to solve "The Measurement Problem" whilst the rain came down again as it had all night on and off.

Suitably fed, we packed up in glorious sunshine (forecast wrong again) then tea and cake (Stone Close again) and headed off for some more twisty-stuff with bikes (and blokes) a little heavier than yesterday.

Fantastic riding roads including the lovely B6270 and Buttertubs Pass, much of which were ridden in 4th gear at with a steady sub-2000rpm "padduh, padduh".

Identical stone barns, looked like they had been placed in the valley that very morning by some giant hand, the long-shadows and scudding cloud accentuating their toy-like appearance.

The steep drop-off with a rural version of armco using angle-iron and steel rope made me smile. I commented to Bill that if you were lucky enough to make your living as a landscape photographer, today would be a high-earning session.

All too soon it was time to head homewards, joining the A1 at Harrogate we headed South, Bill continuing on the A1 and me peeling-off onto the M1 via the link road.