Up and over

This was one of those routes I'd been meaning to ride for some time. I'd been up and over Skiddaw on the bike before but a different descent looked appealing though it would mean a second climb and a longer route to complete following the main affair.
From the summit I dropped quickly out of the cloud down steep shale, the front wheel shearing repeatedly as I tried to keep my weight back. A few near offs were followed by a fast run down to the col before following the ridge high above Bassenthwaite. One of the better descents to date, followed by some thirsty work regaining height to make the return journey to Threlkeld via Whitewater Dash and Skiddaw House. Not bad for an evening ride after work.