Previous Trips

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.

Ullswater singletrack and Martindale

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2017-05-13

Eleven of us met up on a dry and bright day in Pooley Bridge and spent a short time driving round looking for the best place to park, either free, £3, £6 or £8. Inadvertently half of us ended up in the most expensive place; my bad, sorry! Total team was Judith, Steve, Ian, Mark G, Rob, Mike, Liz, Jenny, Dave A, Alan and Sarah. We headed up to the Cockpit for a fast and dry run along the bridleway to Howtown, an excellent start to the ride especially as we had quite a few people who hadn't done it before. Next challenge - the Ullswater singletrack.

Easter in North Wales

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2017-04-24

Ten of us headed to North Wales for Easter this year. Dave T, Neil S and Yvette stayed in Penmachno, Steve, Judith, Karen and Andy stayed in Betws y Coed and Alan, Dave G and I were in Llanwrst but we managed to get our collective act together and met up for rides and evening meals. The weather was reasonable but with a fair amount of slightly drizzly weather so we had a late start one morning to avoid some of it and Alan, Dave and I bailed a bit early on the first day as well.

Springtime in Swaledale

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2017-04-24

We had no ride organised for mid April so Alan and I emailed out and Karen, Andy, Mark G and Simon turned out for a morning ride over some of the best bits of Harkerside, ending back up in Reeth at lunchtime to eat our sandwiches. We'd arranged a guest appearance from Anthony after lunch so when we had picked him up we started section two of the ride by heading up Fremington Edge (just what you need after lunch). The day got sunnier and we had a fun and pretty dry descent back down through the quarry. A final blast down School Lane saw most of us with slightly tired legs.