Tuesday 1 January 2013

New years Day Mountain Biking

Looks clean eh
Today's ride was an opportunity to give my On One a shakedown ride and also check out the route for the RSF ride on Thursday 14th Feb which I shall be leading.
Starting from Chapel Stile in Langdale, I rode up the valley until just after Harry Place Farm. Here I crossed the valley on the bridleway which loops back past Base Brown Farm, and then over Owlets Nest to Little Langdale.
A cloudy Wetherlam from Owlets Nest
Sadly the cloud was well down, and rain was in the air. I rode down and across the ford which gives access to Tilbirthwaite The tracks and bridleways give easy riding generally. From High Yewdale the permissive path keeps you off the road, and crossing the road to Low Yewdale I was soon beside Coniston Water, which was very high.
The jetties were completely covered
The return leg took me back into Tilbirthwaite, then climbing over to Oxen Fell, straight across the road and onto the Arnside Intake track. Iron Keld was a good test of the climbing ability of the new bike, and its descending qualities on the way down!
A bit of tarmac work to gain some height, then over to High Park a very slippery ride down to Low Colwith then a couple of miles on the road back to the car. All the natural tracks were very wet, only to be expected given the rain we've had. The bike's great, and this is an excellent ride with very little road work.

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