The Lake District

Between Rallies - 22nd June 1987

We had a fairly uneventful ride down from Aberdeen to Ambleside after the Simmer Dim Rally, by which I mean that Hinckley's outfit only required one rebuild en route.

Our base for the next few days was the National Trust's Low Wray campsite, just below the mock castle, on the banks of Windermere. We had used this before, and knew which area we were supposed to use. (There was a quiet zone and a family zone, we used the general zone.) There are patches of hard stone not too far below the grassy surface of the camping areas, but these can be avoided if you know the layout.

We spent an enjoyable time there, only getting slightly wet and had a few trips to the pubs in town and a day trip over the Blea Tarn, Wrynose and Hardknott passes, just because we could. The rest of the time we just relaxed in the occasionally sunny weather.

The rest of the club had a long trip on the Friday, as they were going home to the Watford area and Hinckley's bike would probably need a rebuild before long. I was only going as far as Lincolnshire, so I wasn't in need of such an early start, but still packed up at the same time as they did. We managed to get ready before the early morning RAF fly-past, which must mean we were doing well.

We were keeping off the motorways, in case of emergency fag-breaks, so, while traversing the Yorkshire Dales we decided to have a look at Butter Tubs Pass, which was interesting. When we reached the A1, I powered off on my own to the Poser Rally.

Phil Drackley - Phil the Spill