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Offline Ali-bear

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Re: Help me plan my September tour of the north of England
« Reply #20 on: 11 September, 2019, 09:33:06 PM »
The trip is on!!
Starting off this Saturday returning home Thursday, accommodation is booked. I'll be firming up my routes and packing on Friday, bike is freshly serviced and good to go, and the weather forecast is good.
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Re: Help me plan my September tour of the north of England
« Reply #21 on: 12 September, 2019, 01:08:53 AM »
Have a good one. I'm off to South Wales on Monday. Re-visiting a few passes, waterfalls and fords.

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Re: Help me plan my September tour of the north of England
« Reply #22 on: 12 September, 2019, 11:00:38 AM »
Thanks  :028:
Wales and Scotland for that matter are packed with great roads. Enjoy
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Re: Help me plan my September tour of the north of England
« Reply #23 on: 13 September, 2019, 09:55:48 AM »
Enjoy and let us know the rough route you took and any high-lights and low-lights. Ride safe.

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Re: Help me plan my September tour of the north of England
« Reply #24 on: 13 September, 2019, 02:19:59 PM »
Thanks!  :001:
Outline plan is:
Saturday - Peak District
Sunday - Yorks Dales
Monday - Cumbria / Lakes
Tuesday - Pennines / Hadrian's Wall
Wednesday - Northumbria Coast / Yorks Moors
Thursday - Humber Bridge / Linconshire
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Re: Help me plan my September tour of the north of England
« Reply #25 on: 13 September, 2019, 02:25:03 PM »
That's a lot of one night stands.

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Re: Help me plan my September tour of the north of England
« Reply #26 on: 13 September, 2019, 11:44:48 PM »
Thursday: Stop on the northside of the Humber at the viewpoint at Hessle (to the SE of the toll-booth point on the map) - South of the A63, East of the bridge, before doubling back for the A15 (assume you are heading southwards from there).

What is your planned route south? (should I be back Thursday and it being fine and you nearly passing.)
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Re: Help me plan my September tour of the north of England
« Reply #27 on: 16 September, 2019, 09:59:55 AM »
*Originally Posted by Ali-bear [+]
Thanks!  :001:
Outline plan is:
Saturday - Peak District
Sunday - Yorks Dales
Monday - Cumbria / Lakes
Tuesday - Pennines / Hadrian's Wall
Wednesday - Northumbria Coast / Yorks Moors
Thursday - Humber Bridge / Linconshire
Chuck a post on when you are near York moors and could meet up ? Whitby and Helmsley are good spots (unless the tank commander has other plans for me)

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Re: Help me plan my September tour of the north of England
« Reply #28 on: Yesterday at 01:40:34 PM »
I'm back  :001: and it was all good. Sorry for missing later replies I was busy with work and getting prepped.

Day 1: Home to Peak district and beyond.
Made some elementary routing mis-judgements (not mentioning names but the A5 near Tamworth is not the best) which saw me sacrificing time in the Peaks for a non-motorway journey up. But the Peak district has lots of great roads and landscapes, I'll surely return for more exploration either on foot, on mountain bike or by motorbike again. Castleton crags were a stand-out feature. Going on from there my routing took me successfully between the big urban sprawls up to the start of Yorkshire.

Day 2: Yorks Dales
Went up then east past Skipton to Harrogate then left and up into the dales from there. Loved the dales lots of open space and less traffic about than the Peaks. First taste of high moorland open roads (but watch out for wooly bollards). Went all over the national park as far west as Penrith, taking in Ribblehead (but somehow failing to find Devils Bridge). Was cloudy with very light patches of drizzle about but not even enough to make the roads wet. Stayed over in Garsdale Head.

Day 3: The Lakes
Rode west past Kendal to Windermere then south past the "mere", west then north past Coniston "lake" to Ambleside. Then took on Hardknott Pass - jeez this one is steep narrow, tight, windy and rutted getting up to 1 in 3 in places. But the ever-faithful biffer took me up, over and down with luggage, rider and pants untroubled by the experience (would not attempt this in a campervan as my colleague has claimed to have done). Rode up and around then Butteremere and going over the Honiston pass which is easy stuff. Then up past Ullswater to Penrith. Having seen them I can now appreciate "The Lakes" because they are beautiful in places, the rocky hills offering a taste of proper mountain walking for us mere normals, with a tea shop never too far away. But the roads are absolutely stuffed and the towns very touristy. I'll return to walk some of these hills if I can stay away from the grey hordes. From Penrith I took an amazing road up onto the Pennines via Hartside to Alston and then on down to Middleton on Teesdale. Just love these high empty roads, the only signs of life in places are the road itself and some distant radar domes. From there I kept on the Pennines staying at the Tan Hill Inn (which I have to say, apart from its enviable position, has sadly little going for it).




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Re: Help me plan my September tour of the north of England
« Reply #29 on: Yesterday at 01:58:34 PM »
Day 4: North Pennines and the border
Went east to Barnards Castle which seemed like a nice little town, then north retracing the road up to Alston then east over to County Durham. I went north up to Kielder this is a great road big sweeping bends and pine forest, its like you're in a little piece of Scandinavia! Turned round and back the same way then turning north to reach Hadrian's Wall. Spent some time walking along the Steel Riggs in fine weather almost got sunburned loving it. From there I went east along the roman road then turned north on the A68 over the modern-day border to Jedburgh, and then east towards Berwick where I stayed over, nice town strange accent.

Day 5: Northumberland coast and the North Yorks Moors
Followed the Northumberland coastal route to see the islands and Bamburgh. The tide was out (by luck) so I rode across the causeway to Lindisfarne! Not wishing to sully the place I just turned around and came back - the causeway is good tarmac and not even slippery. Went for a walk on the beach south of Bamburgh. From there my route plans south were scuppered by road closures and lack of time, so I took to some main roads. Stupidly obeyed the sat-nav which took me onto the busy A1 past Newcastle instead of the more scenic alternative towards Darlington (damnit!). But reached the moors with plenty of time to take in the Helmsley to Stokesley road and some other routes over the moors. Not wishing to be blase, but, these are nothing compared to the North Pennines! Stayed in Whitby - great chip shops. On my way back to the B&B after dusk was looking at a church spire in the town and saw an actual bat! Not sure if it was affiliated to the local tourism board.

Day 6: Long slog home
I was on a schedule so took some main roads. Went over the Humber bridge wow it's a biggie like the old Severn bridge on steroids must be a friggin' nightmare in strong winds. Lincolnshire, midlands motorways then back onto the Fosse Way home. some very slow drivers in the Cotswolds, but made it home in time for me tea.

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