Up Hill and down Dale

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Two days cycling on the Yorkshire Dales,  in beautiful sunshine, have left me tired but with a sense of satisfaction.

On Saturday I was brought for a 80km spin around the Trough of Boland by Paul,  Jaclyn and Tom. The sky was overcast but the scenery beautiful. On Monday we travelled to Hawes for an overnight stay.

The last time I was in Hawes the motorway South was closed due to flooding and we struggled across the Dales and Moors for a week even having to abandon our mountain bikes and spend one day in the pub hiding from the rain.

This time we arrived at our beautiful B&B. The clouds parted and we headed up towards Buttertubs Pass in Sunshine. Breath taking.  As our road cycle  continued I began to recognise gaps in the hedge from which we had emerged on our mountain bikes on the previous trip. I recognised the pub in Reeth where I tasted Old Peculiar for the first time and the Pub in Bainbridge where we had lunch.

The highlight of today’s spin was the steep climb from Buckden back to Hawes.

I am already planning my next trip to Yorkshire.

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