Didn't really have enough time to do a big, epic walk so we decided to do a bit of mountain biking. Had grabbed a few spare hours a week or so earlier and followed the bridleways up to the Nick of Pendle. Coped ok so we decided to have a go at the Settle Loop. This is a little section of the much larger Pennine Bridleway and looked just about perfect for the few hours we had at our disposal.
Despite a bit of a gloomy and overcast, slightly ominous looking sky we headed off to Settle. Again, there had been a poor forecast. Honestly, if you paid any real heed to some of the twaddle they tell you, well you would never get out of the house would you!
|Stopping to admire the impressive scenery|
|Bit rougher riding here - you need to do a bit of "gurning"|
|Nick looking fresh as a daisy ahead. Me behind, red-faced, sweaty and possibly on the verge of tears!|
|Trudging and pushing up the technical bit!|
|At the top - Malham Tarn in the distance|
Now came the really, really fun part. So muddy in places that there was hardly any tread left on your tyres!! They were that caked up. Mostly down hill too so you could really let fly. Huge fun. Lots of lumps and bumps to make you almost take off too. And then the best bit. A properly made bit of track. Sandy and bendy and downhill. Utterly brilliant! Got some real speed up and flew over the bumps - sure I took off a few times. So exhilarating. Made the nightmare climb out of Settle seem a teeny tiny price to pay for such a fantastic ride back down. Next bit was a bit more gravelly but still fun.
|Almost back in Settle. Final steep decent.|