Sunday, 15 April 2012

Sunday 15th April.

Just two riders today, Rob in Lithuania.  Myself and Dean met at Bobs Smithy for the usual climb up through Walker Fold, then Two Lads and the descent to the Sportsman's Cottage, which was very dry and fast.  Then up to the Pike via Georges Lane, then down the Ice Cream Run, followed by side of the road descent to the Chapel Tea Rooms.  Then through Rivington, Yarrow, across the dam to Healey Nab.  Stopped to find a home for a noisy cockerel at a smallholding and then to the cafe at White Coppice, which opened last week for the first time this year.  Back to Horwich by the footpaths and home.

Cool but sunny day, 31 miles 2800 feet of climbing

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Today, 1st April myself, Dean and Rob met at Bobs Smithy.  Weather superb, clear cool and sunny.  we rode up to Coalpits and took the new steps and the singletrack to the Reservoir.  The trail was dusty and bone dry.  The long downhill singletrack followed right down to Wilton Quarry, where as the shooting club were there we went down a very steep path instead of running along the top of the quarry.  Dropped down through Horrocks fold and then to Barrow Bridge for the long slow climb back to Scout Road. 

Along to Walker Fold, to the shoulder on the Mast Road, then down to the big lamp on Georges Lane, very dry trail and excellent traction

Arcon descent followed and then a tea break at Curleys  before splitting up and going home.

Excellent ride in good weather and excellent trail conditions.