Previous Trips

December ride from Marske

Posted by Dave Thompson on 2021-12-09

A motley crew, maybe not the people but the bikes, assembled at Marske in Swaledale for what was to be a cold but almost dry ride. If ever there was a mixture of bikes this was definitely it. An Ebike, a Hard Tail, a Full Suss & a Fat Bike. All proved to be very good at specific terrain, with some having a bit of a downside. As they say" You pay your money and make your choice" We set off up the North side of Arkle Beck through Clints Wood to Orgate & the short but fast descent on concrete to the bridge/ford over the beck.

Kepwick MTB ride - 7th November

Posted by Dave Thompson on 2021-11-15

A minor cold pandemic reduced our numbers drastically, leaving four male bikers to enjoy a windy but beautiful autumn day out. Kepwick bank is always a good warm up but great views over to the Dales is always a decent reward. We picked up the Paradise trail for a short distance before making the most of a bit of single track and some fire break trails in Boltby Forest. Coffee break at high Paradise was followed by a quick blast along the road to Sutton Bank and several loops around the bike trail & pump loop. Lunch was taken on the picnic tables at the visitor centre before rejoining th

An Eventful Night

Posted by Dave Thompson on 2021-11-15

Friday was Guy Fawkes night and seven mountain bikers gathered at Clay Bank car park to take to the high ground to see the fireworks over Teesside. Traffic proved a bit heavy and caught some out resulting in a ten minute delay to the start to the ride, a bit of Hikey Bikey up the Cleveland way soon got us all warmed up. Fairly easy going & a wee bit of single track to the highest point on the NYM’s, Round Hill, a lights off moment to appreciate the stillness and beauty of the night. A bit more single track and a fairly fast descent on the wide trail running into another bit of single tr

Easter Mountain Biking

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2018-04-17

This year we decided to move a bit further west for our Easter outing and we ended up staying in Torver, just south of Coniston. It turned out to be a very good choice as there are now two good eating pubs and a network of trails around the valley so you don't need to ride on the main road very much. Steve and Judith joined us on the first night and we started a hard fought series of domino games (fives and threes for those in the know) in the little bar in our B&B. Steve and I also managed to finish a wooden puzzle in record time and won free drinks (a never to be repeated offer).

Mountain Bike Cake Off 2017

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2017-11-22

The Eighth Annual Mountain Bike Section Cake-Off took place in early November on a lovely sunny Sunday. Everybody met up at our house in Richmond and left their cakes in the kitchen to await our return. A dozen of us set off down to Easby and along the old railway line into Richmond and along the river. We met up with Rachel and Leo on the way up to the Applegarth bridleway and all of us had a good run on a quick, dry trail across to Clapgate Bank. We stopped for lunch at the top and then most of us headed off to Gilling Wood for a fast run back to Skeeby.

Hawkshead Mountain Biking

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2017-11-22

When I suggested a weekend in Hawkshead in November my fingers were well and truly crossed. And it worked! We had three dry, mild days with hardly any wind - a great result. Mark G and Jenny turned up early on Friday as well as Alan and me so we headed up into Grizedale Forest for a good ride over towards Far Sawrey. Alan fell off as we headed down to Lake Windermere on a very mossy and slippery bit of rock but apart from that we made our way safely over Claife Heights and had a good run back into Hawkshead.

Firth Fell and Buckden Pike

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2017-06-20

Mark G, Jenny, Alan and I met up on a very warm and very sunny morning in Buckden. We set off up the hill opposite and rode and pushed our way up to the top of Firth Fell, mainly dry underwheel and with a section of stone slabs and bog cotton near the top. Jenny got a fly in her eye and then lost a contact lens but luckily still seemed to be be able to see where she was going as we did a beautiful stretch of singletrack and a long and varied descent down into Kettlewell.

Sutton Bank in the sun

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2017-06-20

We had lovely weather for our Saturday ride from Sutton Bank, sunny all day and enough wind to keep us cool. Jenny, Saskia, Louise, Alan and I headed out along the Fort route, one of the waymarked trails, and followed it to the edge of the escarpment. My plan was to do the next section backwards so we had a good long run down on some pleasant singletrack followed by a rather tough climb and push back up again! Sorry about that, I know it was supposed to be an easy-going ride, nobody minded too much though and we sat at the top in the sun and a cooling wind for part one of lunch.

Ballater Again!

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2017-06-05

After our successful visit to Ballater last a year an even bigger group of us met up back there for the late May Bank Holiday. Sas, Nev, Skye, Phil, Rachel, Leo, Andrew, Davinia and Arabella rented the same large house a few miles down the road and Alan, Sarah, Judith, Steve, Ian, Scott, Karen, Andy, Mark R, Jenny, Dave T, Mark G, Mike C and Simon stayed in various hotels and the hostel in Ballater.

Avoid the badger holes!

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2017-05-13

Russ, Richard, Mark G, Alan and I turned up for our easy going ride from Aysgarth, a good turnout for a Saturday ride. The trails were dry and running fast as we set off on the old track to Redmire, a quick stop on Castle Bolton green to do a bit of bike fettling and then we headed up the road and into Apedale Foot. Lunch in the shooting lodge (that sounds quite posh) and then up to the start of the Badger Run down into Castle Bolton.

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