A fun blast around Hamsterley, on some of the off piste routes and just random routes I chose to take!!
A good, quite atttritional route with some good single track sections up on the moor. I wouldn’t do it again simply because a lot of the route now seems to cross private roads or moors where cycling is not allowed – making it quite difficult to navigate around!
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A remote but well tracked route. A couple of big ups and downs and some fantastic single track across the moors.
More info here: https://pedalnorth.com/rudland-rigg-2/
The Hamsterley Beast was a beast indeed!
8 hours saddle time. The first loop headed out into the Raby Estate for some slogging but also some super trails through the woods.
Then two laps of Hamsterley – some of the usual trails and some other. I missed the official cut-off for the last lap by 5 minutes, but carried on and completed it on my own anyway. I still managed to catch up people that had made the cut off.
It was a great event all in aid of Great North Air Ambulance.
Training ride for the Beast over at Chopwell Woods.
There’s a couple of really good trails here and lots of woodland trails to explore. Good spot for a few hours, but beyond that, you’ll start repeating yourself.
Great little ride out with the Hamsterley gang. Some great trails round the Lake. Bit of a hike a bike at times, but all good!
The Gisburn Forest red “8” trail is as brilliant as it is brutal. Unforgiving and seemingly never ending. It’s all worth it for “hully gully” – the closest you’ll come to dancing on your bike, or riding down a roller coaster!!
I also did the blue as a warm up – even that was pretty good and tricky in places!!