The western end of Hadrian’s Wall was the start of my ride along the southern shore of the Solway Firth, known as the North Cumbrian Riviera because it is favoured with warmth from the Gulf Stream. I was riding at times closer to the hills of Dumfries and Galloway than the Lakeland fells. These are reclaimed wetlands so some of these roads are flooded at high tide.
Lunchtime was a luscious chocolate cake at Bowness-on-Solway, the parking monitored by posh chickens rather than the otherwise ubiquitous ANPR cameras. And passing the pole farm of the masts of Anthorn radio station, which transmit the MSF atomic reference time signal and other LF and VLF radio signals.
Stop for tea, parking on the cobbled streets of Silloth. Then riding back to Keswick with a brilliant view from Millbeck of snow still on Helvellyn (950 m.)