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Jonty

Bike Ride

It was a cracking day in the dales today, realy crisp, cold and very clear.  My brother in law was up for the day and we managed to get out for a couple of hours on the mountain bikes.

We drove out about 15 minutes from muy house to a spot called Kilnsey, dumped the car, jumped o the bikes and were off on a nice wee track



after half a mile or so, the track gets a bit cheekier



here's looking back down the track - it was hard for me to hold the camera straight whilst coughing up a lung



my trusty steed



after the hard climb, the terrain is nicely undulating with some beautiful views and really good riding



then it started to get a bit wet



and wetter.....



it soon dried out, the views were great, it was such a clear day you could see for miles



we rode past one of my shooting permissions, a 200 acre pasture which is riddled with bunnies, and moles too by the looks of things.  I must get back up ther this week with a trap or two



back to the ride, only another mile or two of up hill, but I don't mind too much, I love riding on this type of terrain



over the brow at last and the downhill starts with a bit of the rough stuff



that soon levels out into lovely grassy bridleways - no pedalling for the next two miles    



and more descent......



down to the road and a quick mile or so back to the car



It was a great couple of hours. With two small kids I don't get much of a chance to get out at a weekend so most f my riding is done on a night so it was good to be out at a decent hour without the need for heavy duty lights. And boy, the dales don't half look good on a day like today.
Woodsmoke

Stunning views mate!

Incidentally though? Don't you have a 4x4 for this type of stuff...................? Much, much easier
bodger

You've had a spot or two of rain then Jonty ?

Thanks for sharing According to the weather forecast we have just the one nice day left in this spell.
Jonty

Woodsmoke wrote:
Stunning views mate!

Incidentally though? Don't you have a 4x4 for this type of stuff...................? Much, much easier


He he, to be honest mate, I reckon in all honestly that if you did a straigt race over the route I just did, a push bike would win....  There'd be more sweat and swearing though.....
kaz

Lovely views but the terrain that you had to cycle on looked a challenge
Jonty

kaz wrote:
Lovely views but the terrain that you had to cycle on looked a challenge


Oh we like a challege Kaz.  We'll be in your neck of the woods May/June time - there's a few friends and I who are going to try and ride the three biggest peaks in the UK, Ben Nevis, Hellvellyn (scafell's the highest but illegal to ride) and then Snowdon in 24 hours.
lizzie44

It would look better from horseback!! Love Lizzie
Jonty

lizzie44 wrote:
It would look better from horseback!! Love Lizzie


Ooh no, tried that, never again.  i'm much happier on something that doen't think for itself.
furdy

You live in a lovely part of the world mate.........All that open space

Lurcher heaven.....  

I wouldnt like to be the molecatcher though.....You've got your work cut out.
adirondack-jim

Great photos and always interested in seeing your countryside.
Butterbean

What is the history of the rock walls?
Bazzer

They''re known as Dry Stone Walls here "BB". They are not held together by any type of mortar. Very skilled things to make.


http://www.britainexpress.com/History/drystone.htm


You may well find lots to interest you on this site.
sod

Great views   great to see you countryside, we have some of those walls down here I used to be on a farm that had them. Ours were built in the depression ( 1930s)

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