Sunshine, mid week day, Lake District opportunity: quite a combination.
Parking at Staveley (just north of Kendal Cumbria ) the four hour loop started easily enough with a fire road climb, turning into a moorland crossing. With the recent dry weather this had little of the bogginess of winter and spring time rides, and was a joy to climb. Needless the say, the Carbon 29ers shod with the trusty combination of Hutchinson Toro 2.1 on the front and Onza Canis 2.25 on the rear (tubeless, naturally) lapped up the terrain.
Once over the other side of the hill and down to the Sadgill road we headed north up on to Harter Fell - this is where it got rocky!
While some hike-a bike was needed on this segment, the view over the tops was well worth it. And then the decent, whilst needing extreme care (and some carrying), was simply fabulous. Then it was on rocky, grassy banks to Kentmere, up past the wood (west of the church and houses) on a rocky trail and down the west side of the River Kent valley through Croft Head, before the final easy trip along the road back to Staveley and for tea and cake at Wilf's .
A varied, testing work out for these 30mm wide XC rims.