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YHA Day 9: YHA Arnside to YHA Keswick
    20/06/2013 05:41

Day 9: YHA Arnside to YHA Keswick

Jake at YHA Arnside cooked us up a triumphant breakfast and we set off into a very muggy day. It wasn't the best conditions for cycling but as it was fairly short mileage we weren't too bothered.

Day 9 Route: YHA Arnside to YHA Keswick
Mileage: 41
Song of the Day: English Country Garden

Riding through, what is arguably one of the UK's most picturesque national parks; we experienced a heightened feeling of discovery. It's hard not to feel inspired by the dramatic fells and fantasy-like landscape - even when your dreamy mind is interrupted by thoughts of being plastered onto the side of a passing coach.

Unfortunately this romantic spell was overridden by the humidity and tiredness of us all. We missed our turning to the Kirkstone Pass (probably a blessing in disguise) and we generally got quite disgruntled by the keen tourist traffic. Tom decided to beat the heat by taking a snooze on the sunny roadside but was awoken by an army of red ants. From head to foot he furiously slapped himself and from a distance looked like a crazed mad man.

We took some time off the main drag to Keswick to soak up Thirlmere and sink into the silence by the water. This is the Lake District we wanted more of (See above).

YHA Keswick is nestled away from the town centre by the River Greta. It's a busy Youth Hostel and is packed with facilities. There was not one piece of Cumberland sausage or dollop of sticky toffee pudding left after dinner. Delicious - just what we needed.

Although time was short we weren't going to leave town without a pint of the local ale and a dance with the ladies. So, may we add without any beer in the belly, Tom and Tommy were shown how it was done North West Clog style.

Without one moment of hesitation they took to the cobbled streets and swung into action dancing with the Belfagan Dancers. Puffing and panting, possibly more so than cycling in Cornwall, we went for a well-deserved pint.

The day ended supping on a pint of Cockers Hoop in a beer garden. Cooling and laughing it all off.

By Harry Hosteller

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