Extension of a previous route from Sutton bank – taking in the Paradise loop, and adding on the drovers road loop.
Two brutal road climbs (one on first loop, one on the second), but some stunning scenery make this a good long ride out. Not too much in the way of fun/technical stuff though there is a good descent through the woods at the very start!
A very tough slog up Sticks Pass and a tricky technical descent of Dollywaggon. The up was mostly pushing and the down was bouldery and highly technical and a bit stop start.
It was great to tick Hellvellyn off – the highest legal peak on a mountain bike in England, and some of the views and scenery were stunning, but IF I were to do it again, I’d do the descent down the route we climbed and look for an alternative route up!
A 40k+ route around the outskirts of Darlington. A few good off road sections including the old railway line section at Middleton St George, Burdon Woods, Catkill Lane near Sadberge (don’t do it in the wet!), Skerningham Woods, and the bridleways around Darlington.
Road and track climb up onto Harkerside and then long descent (some sections steep n technical) down to the minor valley road.
Long steady climb up moor tracks to Whitaside and Apedale for fast descent with the wind behind us.
Third, shorter climb to Greets Hill for another long decent with fun features.