Date of Ride: 30 June, 2019

Today 30/06, 3 groups of riders rode MTB, road bike and ebikes to meet up at The Battlesteads, Wark for cake and coffee / tea to celebrate Angus Liddle’s pending 50th birthday.

He rode the half day 85 km / 53 mile road route. Rain threatened during the ride and each group was hit by 2 squalls but were never soaked.

Our MTB loop is a dam good route as the pics of dams confirm and one of the best in mid Northumberland as it links 2 reservoirs and uses old roads, historical drovers tracks and tucked away bridleways. Towards the end of the route we dropped from 290 m to 80 m after riding a 2 km long escarpment with fine views of the upper North Tyne Valley where the first squall hit us. The narrow winding riverside bridleway was a treat and The Battlesteads did us proud.

The ruin is an old fortified farmhouse built in the 1700s to keep the farming family safe when raiders from Scotland (Reivers) came to call.