It's not often that Le Tour de France comes to northern Britain, and on this occasion it coincided with my birthday holiday. We spent a few day at friends down in Ilkley, Yorkshire, to see the start of Le Tour, and then headed off to The Lake District for a couple of days.
I think most people were surprised at how well supported the event was. Certainly, in Ilkley, there were many thousands of folk lining the route!
One of the people staying with us, a much better photographer than we, has a Flickr account with his photos of Le Tour.
Whilst in Yorkshire we did a couple of walks:
We walked through Trow Gill
We walked past Gaping Gill on our trek to the summit of Ingleborough.
At 322ft deep, Gaping Gill is Britain's 2nd deepest single-drop pothole, opening into Britain's largest chamber, and giving it England's highest single-drop waterfall!
Don't Do It!
After our few days in Yorkshire we headed off to the Lake District, and two nights of culinary splendour
View Coniston Old Man in a larger map
We did an excellent loop walk taking in the summit of Coniston Old Man. We parked at Walna Scar and did a 7.5-mile loop
It was a fabulous weather-day, and a really excellent walk!
Looking out to Lake Coniston
High-Level walking at its very best!
This route up Coniston Old Man is not frequented
When you finally reach the summit you get the crowds
At the top!
View Faifield Horseshoe in a larger map
On our second day in the Lake District we did the Fairfield Horseshoe, a classic Lakeland walk of 10.5-miles.
It was another fabulous day!
We did the clockwise circuit. Here looking along the valley to Fairfield summit.
Great ridge walking!
A memorable birthday for several reasons: Le Tour, Le weather, Le walking and Le eating!
The menu on my birthday: 20-courses of simply sublime food