Wrapped up in our waterproof gear the Boyfriend and I cycled down a gravel road spotted with puddles. We were searching for the start of the Hadrian’s wall cycle route and we found it at the rocky ruins of the Ravenglass Roman bath house. With grey skies above and a constant drizzle of rain we didn’t stick around for long.
We pedalled away from Ravenglass out along the coast and straight into strong gusts of wind. The legs had to push endlessly to make it to the sheltering hedges that protect the tiny country lanes.
These tiny country lanes lead us inland then back down to the coast to the sleepy town of Seascale and onwards to the huge imposing fortress of Sellafield nuclear plant. It peeked out from behind huge barbed wire fences. The interesting shapes of the buildings had us peeking right back at it as the cycle path weaved us around it.
A few miles after passing Sellafield we some how took a wrong turn. This incident left us encountering massive hills and a local farmer convincing us to cycle on the main road which was hair-raising! Cars whizzing past you at 100mph is not my idea of fun…I also nearly got squashed by a bus on a very narrow lane.
It was all soon forgotten when Whitehaven appeared on the horizon along with a bit of sunshine. We were overjoyed to have found our way back to the cycle route. We pedalled down the hill and into town. We found the harbour and enjoyed the art sculptures which were dotted about the place. A cafe welcomed us on the harbour front as we removed our waterproof gear and celebrated our arrival with a spot of lunch while we basked in the sunshine. We didn’t stay long as there was still had a long way to go…