June 5, 2016
Today’s 135 miles was nothing short of just incredible fun. I took backroads from Alnwick toward the Lake District, and much of it was spent on road B6357. What a blast. Twisty, drops & climbs, through little villages, past lakes and forests. Parts of it demanded attention due to blind, decreasing-radius turns and narrow lanes, but the whole thing was, as they say here, bloody brilliant. In fact, I had so much fun I never stopped to take a photo. Not that there was any place to pull out, mind you.
The past week in Scotland has been the best scenery and roads I’ve ridden in the past eleven months. This whole area is at the top of my list to return and spend more time exploring in the future. With proper planning, including wild camping and staying in the cheaper caravan parks, as well as cooking rather than eating in restaurants, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Fuel is the one thing that I can’t reduce the cost of, other than to ride less. And this place definitely begs you to ride more, not less.
And while I will head directly for the Lake District and the west coast of Scotland again when I visit, I will not pass up the opportunity to ride B6357 again…both directions!