On the day before the BIG rain arrived everywhere BIGW42 & I went out on a jolly boys outing, we took a scenic ride through Clitheroe & the Trough of Bowland towards Salter Fell.
Stopped off for a fab full english breakfast on the A59 in the salubrious english currant bun , sat out & discussed the worlds problems & then started to make our way along the single track roads.
Brilliant scenery, little or no traffic as it was mid week, therefore reduced boy racers using the roads at high speeds as rally stages, as we gently bimbled along taking in the views, wildlife & taking pics which you can peruse later at your leisure.
Brilliant single twisty roads, with passing places with the odd sheer drop into the valley on both sides the odd cyclist reinacting the Tour de France mountain sections.
We parked up & looked across to Ingleborough & Whernside two of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks as described by PaulS some weeks ago, which walked some years ago, then we had a slight shower to ride through, but the currant bun shone through as we made our way "Hurrah !".
We met some witches too, who didn't turn us into newts. (please refer Monty Python & The Holy Grail)
After arriving at the said track, we were met by a no unauthorised vehicles sign on a gate, we were both perplexed by this as we were both convinced this was a right of way track to ride across Salter Fell.
A quick call to Mr Beddows was made.........which went to ansaphone, I then called PaulS who I assumed had probably ridden this route, to find out no he hadn't & that he would love to ride it, & that he was in the office at work. ( See pic later)
Oops my big apologies to PaulS for spoiling his day & telling him about our jolly boys outing, sorry mate !
Finally got in contact with Mr Beddows & was informed that the track was off limits to 4 x 4's & not bikes, jobs's a good un, thanks for the info there Mike much appreciated, brilliant top tips were shared & off we went.
We had a superb ride with unlimited views & clear dry weather, it's a good job as my Tourances are due for replacing soon as some of the track was wet & damp in places & I was aware of my ability to slip & slide & drop my AT, as Mr Beddows & BIGW42 are privvy & can testify.
Along the track some regrading work was being carried out & we chatted to the chaps carrying this out, Mike was right about the tricky sections of the route as he describes in his ABR report issue 10.
We eventually completed our ride by negotiating our jolly boys outing through a herd of sunbathing cows, which were topping up their tans in the salubrious currant bun I conversed in cow language & spoke about the current chicken & lamb prices that were currently on offer in Asda, we didn't mention beef prices.
Hope you enjoy perusing the pics BIGW42 & I certainly enjoyed taking them, & we both had a our usual fab day out riding.
The technical bits for DC, Frad, & MOM our XRV resident professional photographers BIGW42 & I used our Canon G12's.