Tear along the dotted Lyne

Today’s picture shows a clematis that has seen better days but is still plugging on.clematis

The weather relented today and started off very kindly, if still a little chilly at breakfast time.  The forecast offered a day of very light winds and reasonable temperatures with the occasional shower so after letting the temperature rise to a level where I didn’t need to put on an extra layer to start with only to have to take it off shortly afterwards, I set off on the slow bike to find a new road to pedal along.

There are not many roads I have not pedalled along but there are still some within easy range.  I went down to Skippers Bridge and then followed the B6318 to Harelaw and Penton. If I had stayed on this road I would have eventually arrived at Newcastle 60 miles away but I didn’t have the time or the legs for that.  Without going up to any great height, it manages to be a very hilly road for the 16 or so miles to Roadhead. The ride started well, in pleasant sunshine but it wasn’t long before, looking back towards the monument from around Catlowdy, I could see black clouds coming up.

rain coming

I though I might use this excellent tunnel to shelter under if things got bad.

tree tunnel

In fact the rain held off for a bit longer but it was there by the time I crossed the Black Lyne.

Black Lyne

A stiff climb after the bridge brought me to Roadhead.  I saw this sign on the roof of an old garage giving a flavour of times past.

I don't expect that there was a lot of traffic beteween Roadhead and London

I headed on down to Lyneholm Ford where they have kindly built a bridge to avoid me having to get my feet wet.

Lyneholmford Bridge
It looks quite new when you are on it
Lyneholmford bridge old
But it has on old bridge underneath. It must have been quite narrow.

A very sharp but short climb up from the bridge brought me to the edge of the hills and as the weather brightened up I got some splendid views.  The views are too expansive to be properly captured by my lens but I hope that these give you a flavour.

View 1

view 2

view 3

The flat topped hill in the distance is Burnswark. It was used as a fortified place by the Romans and before that too. The section from Catlowdy to Boltonfellend was new to me.  It certainly is excellent cycling country and I will definitely be back, even though it is quite tough going for an old man.

Coming down the hill from Boltonfellend I came up with a party of cyclists…


.. who said that they were heading for Silloth on the final day of three going along the Reivers Trail.  It is a signed cycle route from South Shields on the North Sea to Whitehaven on the Irish Sea and is 173 miles long.  They seem to be cutting the Cumbrian end a bit short if they are finishing at Silloth.

I left them consulting the map as they obviously didn’t believe me when I said, “It’s straight on here.”  Since the road at that point had grass growing down the middle of it, I don’t really blame them.

Those of a nervous disposition should avoid reading the next paragraph…

I crossed the Lyne river for the third time when I got onto the Brampton-Longtown road.  Earlier I had crossed the Black Lyne and the White Lyne and now they had joined together to make what I presume must be called the Dotted Lyne.

The dotted Lyne

There are a set of distinct sandstone beds on top of each other on its left bank.

side Lyne

I had hoped for a gentle ride home along the flat roads through Longtown to Langholm but, in spite of the forecast, there was quite a brisk wind blowing and the ride home was a grind. Because I had thought that the going would be easy, I had eaten quite enough and I ran out of energy by the time I got to the Canonbie by-pass and the last six miles were very hard work.  It’s a lesson.  The route may be found here for those interested.

When I got home, I found that Mrs Tootlepedal had completed the work on her bed.  She had removed a lot of stones, dug in manure, put in some fertilizer and covered it with a rough mulch.  It should go well next year.

mulch better

I had a shower and a cup of tea and then headed off in the car with Mrs Tootlepedal to go to the pictures in Carlisle. We saw Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy by John le Carre and enjoyed it quite a lot considering that it gave very little concessions in the way of explaining what was going on and the plot was extremely compressed.  The actors did a splendid job and the director trusted to the audience to able to do some work for themselves and didn’t stuff everything down our throats.  This made a refreshing change.   John le Carre has been quoted a lot saying what a good version of his book this film is but as his name appears as one of the producers of the film, this should not come as a big surprise.

We saw the early evening showing and so we had our tea when we returned.

I took a few colourful pictures in the garden before I left to go pedalling.

A geranium

A collection of nasturtiums
A collection of nasturtiums


Sedum and fuchsia
Sedum and fuchsia


Dropscone is coming round with his bad leg for a pedal tomorrow.  We are going VERY SLOWLY.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

5 thoughts on “Tear along the dotted Lyne

  1. Sorry the end of your bike ride was such hard work but I liked the ‘dotted Lyne’ witticism.

    Mary and I are going to T T S S this afternoon, we don’t expect to understand what is going on and your comment makes me feel that it will be even more difficult than I had thought!

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