...just how big a challenge she's really taken on. A little knowledge as they say can be a dangerous thing, and I keep getting little snippets of information about the Ullswater Ride - and most specifically about something called Loadpot Hill. Now that sounds quite cute doesn't it - like the gentle sort of undulation you might find in Bilbo Baggins territory perhaps. Or then again, perhaps not.
Why am I starting to think it's maybe not exactly benign? Because all the riders who've done it seem to speak of it in tones of respect if not downright awe. I've actually detected a definite bond between Those Who Have Done Loadpot, and spotted a certain gleam in their eyes when they look upon those who are about to do it for the first time.
So - deciding I really should find out more - I googled it. Which is where the dangerous knowledge bit comes in. I found a newspaper report from 2006 when the ride was very nearly called off altogether because '