Day 9: Keswick to Moffat – 77 Miles
The Keswick YHA provided us with first class facilities allowing us to do a much needed “bulk” clothes wash and feeding us a full english LEJOG breakfast, ready for us to tackle Day 9, where we would be finally leaving England and cycling into Scotland.
The accident John endured on Day 8, had meant he was a few miles short of completing yesterday’s cycle, so he was back into his saddle before the rest of us just to get those miles completed and then we all met at the Keswick war memorial, ready for the briefing from Nick.
We then set off heading towards Carlisle, following the B5299 and into Dalston where a few of us decided to take a short break and pop in for a cuppa at a local cafe. Carlisle was the the only city we would arrive at today and it required a lot of navigation to follow the ever changing network of roads as we passed Carlisle Castle, near to the ruins of Hadrian’s Wall which was built by William II of England. Due to the proximity of the England/Scotland border, has endured many wars and invasions.
Soon after leaving Carlisle we had arrived at the English/Scottish border and a perfect time for photo opportunities and phone calls home to confirm that indeed, after just over 8 days solid cycling, we were about to leave England and head into Scotland..
Shortly after the border crossing, we arrived into Gretna Green and met up with Steve and the Peak Tours support vehicle for lunch, opposite Gretna Green, Old Smithy
It was then a straight road from Grena Green to our destination, Moffat following the B7076 most of the way as it passed Kirkpatrick Fleming and Lockerbie. The LEJOG route was hard work as this was a bumpy, pot hole filled road which was particuarly painful to your backside, but we were pleased to arrive in Moffat and this time, it was a Bed & Breakfast. That evening, we all met up to visit a local pub and as you do when in Scotland, sample some fine haggis.
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