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. A good track to Telfit farm, which has undergone a serious upgrade over the past two years, to start the climb over Skelton Moor to High Greenas, again, money has been spent on this track and is not the challenge it used to be. The run down through pastures to the Hurst road was less soggy than expected and we were soon climbing out of Hurst to Fremington  Edge and a fast descent on boulders and snow to the DAles Bike Centre for a welcome hot drink and food. It was now time to head back, a steep pull up past the Hagg onto Stelling Road before turning onto Hellwith Road back to High Greenas where we left the tarmac for a swift return to the cars via Skelton Farm. An Ebike makes uphill a doddle but is heavy to lift over a fence. The Fat Bike rolls really well over really rough ground but with only eight psi in the tyres is very hard work uphill on tarmac. Not going to mention the full sus or hardtail, they have been around for quite a while and also have their pros & cons.

All in all a very good ride out in great company.

Thanks Ross, Alex & Chris.

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