After guiding a lot of road trips, I always love getting back on my mountain bike, riding and guiding quality trails. This summer I’ve had the pleasure of riding one of my favourites in the Lake District with good friends: the three passes starting from Staveley.
This was followed by an impromptu trip up to Scotland to cover the last few days of Saddle Skedaddle‘s Celtic Crossing trip. This is an epic journey in the traditional cross country mould which starts on the north coast of Scotland in Bettyhill and concludes at the Wallace monument in Stirling. The day I started we were to cross the Corrieyairack Pass.
The highlight day of this trip has to be the penultimate leg from Dalwhinnie to Killin, crossing some beautifully remote terrain.
I also found myself back in the north Lakes, guiding some great rides near Ullswater. The forecast was for heavy rain all weekend but the usual Lake District sunshine prevailed for the most part.
This weekend Edinburgh Uni Cycling Club had a trip to the Lake District and being in the area I thought I’d come along. Saturday was set to be drizzly so a tour of some of the finer trails in Grizedale Forest was on the cards; we got round with only 16 punctures between us. After a splendid evening of table mountaineering, trouser racing and cardboard box game, we decided to go to the higher mountains on Sunday. Gatesgarth and Nan Bield passes were traversed and a stunning inversion typical of this time of year gave an epic backdrop – autumn scenes at their best.
It was great catching up with old friends, meeting new ones and seeing that the club is on top form!
As well as some great roads to ride, Wales has some excellent climbing. We had a day on the roadside crags at Tremadog and then a day on the north face of Y Lliwedd, part of the Snowdon horseshoe.
The great face seemingly rises straight up and gives some fantastic positions on the crag.
The route we took was the Avalanche/Red Wall/Longlands continuation, which over 12 pitches takes an interesting line to the top of Lliwedd. A grand day out indeed.
I also managed to fit in a mountain bike ride around the Llyn Cowlyd/Capel Curig/Gwydyr forest area that took in some incredible natural riding followed by finishing off using the Marin trail in Gwydyr forest. Trails, company and weather all conspired to make one of the best days out on the bike I’ve had!