Tyne Valley MTB Cycling Blog
On Saturday, 4 of us rode the Helworth & Swaledale loop mostly in dry weather, but finishing in light rain. At 40 km long and a total of 1,134m of ascent, this route was a cracker with many climbs and some fine descents, including one of the best in the UK.
Just 3 of us enjoyed a fabulous 2.25 hour loop in the evening sun on Tuesday on dry ground. It turned quite chilly in the second hour. It was the same route a different 4 of us rode last Tuesday evening so some pics are similar to those taken at that time.
On Sunday 4, of us rode the Lambley and Tindale ‘lollipop’ route – a loop (from which we were given a view of the Lake District in the distance) at the end of a there and back stem.
On Wednesday evening 7 club members rode the Lowgate Downhill loop. The conditions were dry, part of the route was technically difficult and there was loadsa fast flowing singletrack.
At very short notice in beautiful weather just 3 of us cycled a mainly on road route with some off-road sections in a corner of the Forgotten Lands in a quiet corner of Cumbria in the north of England.
On Sunday 9 club members cycled Day 3 of the Esk2Esk Road road route between Eskdale (Ravenglass) and Esk Valley (Whitby) passing through 3 National Parks and crossing the Vale of York after 6 of us stayed in the excellent youth hostel in Osmotherley.
On Sunday 9 club members cycled Day 2 of the Esk 2 Esk Road road route between Eskdale (Ravenglass) and Esk Valley (Whitby) passing through 3 National Parks and crossing the Vale of York after 6 of us stayed in the Station Inn near Oxenholme which we highly recommend.