Hadrian's Cycleway Day 3--Silloth to Carlisle

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
Trip End Jun 16, 2010

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

If the wind would have been at our back all day, I would say we just blew into Carlisle. However, since gale force winds blew towards us all day, I don't know what to say, only we are sure glad to be here! We rolled out of Silloth over original cobblestones on the Roman Road that ran right in front of our lodging. It was bright and early, just after ten when the banks opened and we could exchange some cash. A fresh rain, horizontally blown by the wind greeted us just out the door and accompanied us for an hour or so, before turning the job of major annoyance over to "just the wind" for the remainder of our riding day. Thankfully the route was flat for the most part alongside the Solway Firth otherwise known as the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a name that pretty much describes what it was like--outstanding and beautiful.

Despite the conditions, we made good time and arrived in Carlisle after 35 miles around 3 pm. Sidney and Mary Ellen even got in some practice drafting on the bikes at top speeds of 3 and 5 mph. With 8 foot high hedges either side of a single lane road, imagine drafting in a wind tunnel.

After checking into our B&B, we made a mad dash to Carlisle Castle to get in as much of it as we could before it closed at 5 pm. Lots of history there. Dates back to 1077. Right on the Scottish border. Edward I even held parliment here during the time of "Braveheart" (where he certainly would have met Mel Gibson) and Robert the Bruce. From the castle we skipped over to Carlisle Cathedral. A real oldie as well with a beautiful blue star painted ceiling. We were just in time for Evensong which I am sure must be interesting for many people. Something about going in a church, sitting down and listening to soft music just puts me right to sleep. Thirty minutes and a few nudges later and we escaped back outside and had a quick bite before heading in to our room for biscuits and tea.

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Sara on

What is "drafting"? I love all the photos -- they make me feel as if I'm right there in England, minus the weather and the cows.

nz2008 on


Think NASCAR. When one vehicle follows so close to the other that the first literally pulls the other along in a wind pocket.


Anne Sparks-Baumgartner on

Wow - what a set of legs Sidney - fantastic - will get you up all those hills. I love your travel writing - not sure my other comment made it in - can't remember what I wrote before - just enjoy !!!!

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