Tyne Valley MTB Cycling Blog
- Route: Lambley and Tindale 'Lollipop' Route
- Date of Ride: 19 May, 2019
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.
Outward, we rode the rail path, originally the Lord Carlisle or Brampton Railway, the west end of which is low key permissive. Lunch was in the excellent Hallbankgate Community shop and cafe. Our return route took us on a bridleway past Tindale Tarn into Tindale village where there is a huge polluted hole in the ground called The Jack, the site of zinc blende works which was known as Black Jack. We cycled past the engine shed that once housed Stephenson’s Rocket when it worked on this railway.
On our way back we went via magnificent Lambley Viaduct which crosses the River South Tyne, which the South Tynedale narrow gauge railway hopes to cross at some future time. Note: This whole area is swamped in history, an example of which is iron rails 4 feet 8 and 1/2 inches apart replaced wooden rails that width apart, being the average width of a horse’s backside – horses originally towed wheeled coal tubs along the wooden rails. To this very day this is the standard width of almost all railways in the world. However, history says Roman chariots originally used this measure in metric between their wheels which in turn made ruts of that width. Funny old world isn’t it.