A legendary TV presenter has been making his way across the vistas of the South Lakes and Furness as part of a cycling and painting tour of Great Britain.

Timmy Mallett, best known for presenting children's programmes Wacaday and The Wide Awake Club, makes and sells paintings on his fine art website, Malletts Pallette, and is attempting to paint a picture a day on 100-day-long journey.

He has kept fans updated on social media and encouraged them to say hello if they spot him, which shoudn't be difficult as Timmy, 66, is known for his bold and striking clothes and will be wearing some colourful attire and riding on a multi-coloured bike. 

He began this leg of his tour in Cartmel, and couldn't resist stopping to try one of Cumbria's most famous sweet treats.

"I can't leave without a visit to the home of sticky toffee pudding," he said.

"The racecourse is right in the heart of the village and they are getting ready for the next meeting at the end of the month."

Timmy found it tricky cycling from there to Ulverston.

"I rode the old railway line across the river where there's a terrifying crossing over the busy dual carriageway," he said.

"This is a part of the Morecambe bay cycle route that needs urgent attention. 

"The route leads up and over a very steep hill while the A road hugs the coast and there's no cycle path across the fields."

He wasn't disappointed by his visit to one of the town's most famous attractions.

"I come down into Ulverston to the excellent Laurel and Hardy museum - real treat from a fan of these timeless classics," he said.

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Next was a trip over to Barrow where he stopped off at Barrow AFC.

"I'm keen to see Piel Island but it's not my lucky day," he said.

"The ferryman had been on lunch for a couple of hours said the others sitting on their bench watching the boats.

"Down to the shore and the bay cycle start/finish point. I went in search of seals. None around today.

"The road comes to Furness Abbey... One of the Great Norman Cistercian abbeys sitting monumental in the valley.

"I find a place to sketch this gorgeous sandstone creation."

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