Due to a family emergency, the Highlands trip was up in the air and at the 11th hour after discussion with Matt & Andy we decided to postpone for the time being, (an update and revised route etc will follow soon).
This meant rather than a week away touring we had the opportunity for a 3 day mini tour – so the decision was made to head on our “doorstep” and head out for the Peaks.
(Details below – Picture Heavy!) – link to kit used here – https://haydenwsite.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/a-peaky-blinder-kit-list/
Friday 15th May – Nottingham to Triangle (near Sowerby Bridge) 87.2 miles, 8,281 ft of elevation
So this day was brutal – i’ll be honest. Seriously back loaded with hills that offered no respite (the last 20-25 miles we were either climbing or descending – no real time to get the energy back)!
A hard slog up Snake Pass, it just goes on and on and on…
Rather ironically, I bested my time up Holme Moss by some 8 minutes! This was on the same bike I previously used but it was loaded with c. 14kg of gear!
A proper hard days slog on the bike, the phrase of the day was “Hanging out of my arse” – Which was the default answer towards the end of the day when asked how we’re feeling!
So the campsite was set in a lovely setting with the nice feature of utilising old washing machine drums that you can pop in your gathered firewood for your own campfires. We never took advantage of this owing to the fact after set up and some dinner we headed straight to the pub, the Alma Inn (another 2 miles away and up a 11% climb!).
After a hard earned few beers and second dinner it was time to head back (downhill thankfully) to the campsite.
Time to do the dancing slug to wriggle into the sleeping bag and bivi bag under my tarp and go to sleep! Quite an uneventful night sleep – straight off and the obligatory call of nature at 2.45am meant doing the reverse dancing slug out. Now this is quite appropriate, at around 2am I rubbed my top lip and thought – “it feels a bit damp”. Still dosing I question weather of not I really felt it and yet its damp. A third time confirms it for sure, I sleepily open my eyes to find my top lip has made a nice resting spot for a slug! Lucky me, the joys of bivi bags eh! The slug was quickly dispatched into the undergrowth to allow me some shut eye.
Saturday 16th May – Triangle to Edale 64.3 miles 6,339 ft of elevation.
So day 2 we set off, Andy still “hanging out of his arse” and me and Matt a little better with just weary legs from yesterday. Breakfast was Noodles cooked on my Alpkit Kraku in my MyTi mug (soon followed by a proper BIG breakfast from a awesome little café in Mytholmrod named Koffee Cabin (Friendly, welcoming and amazing food!) we set off, immediately hit by the hills again – this time in the form of a 25% climb – if I was cold at the bottom I was sweating at the top!
Cragg Vale is a nice climb. It doesn’t get too steep and you get nice views all the way up. As an added bonus, this was used in the 2012 edition of le Tour and the road was still adjourned with messages of encouragement all the way up. Matt summited first (as per) shortly followed by me then Andy. It was cold and windy at the top but the allure of an Ice cream from the Van at the top was too much for me!
Another very tough day on the bike – this time I opted for the Hammock and Tarp approach – a fine nights sleep!
quick dinner stop before walking the short distance to the pub, in the words of Andy he was hanging out of his arse again so walking was decided rather than taking the bikes and visiting both pubs in Edale. The pub we settled on was The Ramblers Inn, a cracking little pub with great ales, food and active outdoor atmosphere!
Sunday 17th May – Edale to Nottingham 53.2 miles 62,851 ft of elevation.
A lazy morning and another breakfast of noodles we packed up ready to roll home.
Hathersage was the destination for a proper breakfast so we took the easy route out of Edale and rocked up in a quaint little tea room for a full English.
Out of Hathersage we followed the same route me and Matt took back from Edale before past Chatsworth and up the nice climb to Beeley Moor.
From here it’s a short roll to the café for a coffee and cake. At this point it’s only 25 miles or so home so not long to go now!
Leaving Matt & Andy in Watnall I completed the last 8 miles solo to be greeted by a nice cooked dinner – the perfect reward for a nice extended weekends cycling.
Lessons were learned form the weekend that will enable the Scotland trip to be as enjoyable as possible. Kit used on the trip detailed here – https://haydenwsite.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/a-peaky-blinder-kit-list/
Stats – 3 days riding, 204.7 miles & 17,471 ft of climbing.
Thanks for reading!