A legendary TV presenter has been making his way across the vistas of Cumbria 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 Mallett's 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 shouldn'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.  

Timmy had a break in Penrith before heading down to seek inspiration on the shores of Windermere, posting: "I made my way to Windermere and set off in a downpour through Bowness to the Hawkshead ferry.

"As I arrived the rain lifted and the mountains steamed with mist. The lake was still as a millpond. It was sublime."

The Westmorland Gazette: WEATHER: Timmy on the shores of WindermereWEATHER: Timmy on the shores of Windermere

He was minded of one of the country's greatest artists when crossing Windermere on the ferry: "Lint, the retired age assistant on the ferry suggested the lookout as I came off the ferry.

"It's a bizarre Victorian creation. An empty ruin with picturesque windows to admire the views. Turner would have loved it."

One person commented: "Not the right weather for any polka dot bikinis!", referring to Timmy's 1990 chart hit.

Timmy spoke in glowing terms of the scenery as he cycled the far side of the lake towards Newby Bridge and Cartmel.

"I cycled the far side of the lake in perfect pedalling conditions," he said. "Cool, overcast, traffic-free, and everywhere signs of England growing in the spring warmth.

"Ferns poking through the thick moss on the dry stone walls, vibrant rhododendrons, and vivid wisteria. 

"All afternoon through thick deep green lanes.

"Like cycling through Narnia.

"I came through Newby bridge and into the Cartmel lane.

"Fields of sheep, low Lakeland fells and suddenly the ancient priory came into view.

"Built in the 12th century by that great Englishman, the Knight William Marshall, it's a place of pilgrimage.

"I decided to end the day here and absorb this region of Morecambe Bay."

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