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Eskdale and Hardknott Pass

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  1. GordonH

    GordonH Well-Known Member

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    Inspired by Pete's recent video of his ride over the Hardknott Pass, I decided to chuck a tent on the back of the RS and pay a visit over a short weekend - up Saturday, back Sunday.

    Travelled mid Sept and was pretty luck with the weather. I travelled up from Leicestershire but took the scenic route via the A1 and then Wensleydale - breakfast in Hawes on the way.....but watch of for speed cameras - Wensleydale is infested with the bloody things!

    I was heading for Eskdale Camping at Boot (great site, spotless, quite, modern facilities, 3 pubs in walking distance - would recomend - http://www.eskdalecamping.com/ but the GPS took me across the Wrynose and Hardknott passes - OK on a bike......not so good if you were towing a caravan!

    Hardknott was stunning and a little daunting - tougher than the Pass of the Cattle at Applecross as I think the hairpins are tighter and steeper.

    Took a leisurely ride along the coast and inland via Cockermouth to Keswick for breakfast on Sunday (The Chalet, I think - tasty food!) and then back across the A66 and back down the A1.

    Here's some picks and a very badly edited youtube video!

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    More on next post!
     
  2. GordonH

    GordonH Well-Known Member

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    ..and some more pics and the link

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  3. Mr. 36654

    Mr. 36654 Well-Known Member

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    Great pictures.

    Placing a pub near a campgrounds? What a wonderful idea.
     
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  4. GordonH

    GordonH Well-Known Member

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    ...it was awful, I mean, with 3 pubs, which one do you choose?

    ........................the fairest way was to try them all......well, 2 at least.
     
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    Mr. 36654 Well-Known Member

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    Go back and do it right, young man.
     
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  6. Bravo

    Bravo Plenty in the tank. Contributor

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    Great photos Gordon,when I get a minute I'll have to Google tent.
     
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  7. Leon.P.

    Leon.P. Well-Known Member

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    Nice 1 Gordon.:)
     
  8. GordonH

    GordonH Well-Known Member

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    ....you might not like the results..........but at £10 for a nights camping its not a bad deal!
     
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    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Well done Gordon, you beat me to it and I'm a local. I've camped at Boot before and there just happened to be a beer (and cider) festival on. I organised a trip from Robin Hoods Bay for the GS Club UK.

    I need to do it now :)

    Peter
     
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    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    This Photo is immense:

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    I like going up that but it's going down the other side that nearly got me - one of the downhill, left turn hairpins turned out to be tighter than I was expecting on my Super Tenere
     
  12. GordonH

    GordonH Well-Known Member

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    Wessie, I had exactly the same problem and ended up thruppny bitting around it (you can just make it out on the video clip). A bottom clinching moment...
     
  13. GordonH

    GordonH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Peter - I took it from some distance (just after the peak of the Wrynose pass) on full zoom to compress it a little.
     
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  14. Peter Burridge

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    The drop towards the Roman Camp is probably the trickiest in that direction. For those who don't know, the danger is that an oncoming car forces you to stop where there is no way of keeping the bike upright. You need to scan ahead and be quite forceful. Some car drivers have no idea, although most understand. I took a group over there a couple of times and one lady dropped her GS going up that way from Boot. There are heavy undulations on some of the hairpins too and that makes it extra tricky. Applecross is a main road compared to some sections of Hardknott Pass.

    Saying all the above it's a must do bucket list experience imo.

    I may traverse it on Thursday if anyone is up for it.

    Peter
     
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  15. lars Ormvold

    lars Ormvold Active Member

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    This is just what motorbiking is for me. Ride in beautiful landscape, beer and good food in the evening (but I do prefer hotels . . won't come a tent onto my RS). Really nice pictures, I envy you, but as a Norwegian I guess we have kind of same weather from now on.
     
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  16. GordonH

    GordonH Well-Known Member

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    Lars - yes - the essence of motorcycling - add in some addictive acceleration and enough risk to keep you focused (and to keep your head clear of all of life's other concerns) - perfect.

    As Pete says - Hardknott Pass is a definite "bucket list" ride........stunning scenery.......and challenging enough to keep most people a little out of their comfort zone.
     
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    That's going on my list... Wow!
     
  18. Peter Burridge

    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I was going to do it tomorrow after my morning post shift sleep. We’ve had torrents of rain and flooding. This will bring a lot of debris onto the pass so I’ve put it off until next year. Happy to have a gathering.

    Peter
     
  19. GordonH

    GordonH Well-Known Member

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    A couple more photos - I tried to get a shot of the steepness in the first one but the wide angle lens of the camera flattens it out.......but you cab get an idea by checking out the 2 people at the bottom on the left - I think this stretch is around 30% or 1:3 in old money.

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    This is shot through one of the more woodier parts and just emphasises the narrowness of the lanes.

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    Don't let anyone suggest that the RS has a low speed handling problem!!
     
  20. Peter Burridge

    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Indeed :D
     

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