A linear ride for a change. Mrs G fancied visiting Holehird Gardens at Windermere so it opened up a nice 35 mile ride with 1000m of climbing. Got drenched by a hail/rain storm but then the sun came out. Lovely ride through Dallam Park then up the Lythe Valley. Beautiful blossom trees, the area is famous for its damsons although I think they might be later in the season. Big climbs up to the main road at Ings. I’d forgotten the road I’d selected involved 4 gates and a herd of cows but the views to Kentmere made up for it. Then took the backroad to Holehird. The gardens are in the grounds of a Leonard Cheshire home and run by the Cumbria Horticultural Society. Ideally placed at the foot of the Kirkstone pass with suitable changing facilities. Fantastic views across Windermere. Then a late lunch at one of the hotels along the lake shore. Perfect!