Sticks Pass Solo with a twist

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, temperatures were mild and it hadn’t snowed for a good few days, so naturally I emailed my colleagues to say I’d be ‘working from home’ that day.

I threw the bike in the back of the truck and set off for a solo mission. I’d been driving a while before I made my decision. At the roundabout at Bowness I swung a right and made my way over to Glenridding taking in the incredible beauty of Kirkstone Pass in winter.

I left the truck in Glenridding car park, layered up and spun up to the road to the Youth Hostel, Sticks Pass was waiting for me. Just beyond the hostel I stopped to grab my first pic. It was simply breathtaking.

Those that know the route will know that after the hostel it’s a steady climb up the valley until you reach a right fork. Then it’s a well used zig-zag climb up Keppel Cove that usually takes half an hour or so with a bit of hike-a-bike. Not today.