Edmundbyers: And On To Blanchland
Eight of us had gathered on the village green, where Rachel's brake pad fell apart, with no spares it looked like a one brake ride. But with a bit of bodgery, hey presto we were off. A five mile warm up on the road to Blanchland then a steady climb over the moor to Slaley Forest. The sun was out and not a puddle in sight. The rocky single-track descent from Embley Fell, saw Rach over the bars and Phil with a pinch flat. After crossing Devil's Water we gained a little height for lunch in fear of the midges. Before crossing back over the Water, an eye-watering tarmac descent had us ripping past a tractor at full steam. Now a nasty technical climb back into the forest, that I will manage one day without a foot down but not today (well done Phil) A glorious single-track over the fells to Blanchland and three quarters of our figure of eight loop was behind us. It was time for tea and cake before a knee popping climb on to Edmundbyers Common, for the grand finale. Three miles of dry descending single-track back to the cars, sunshine, big grins, what more could you want?