Today the forecast was for sunshine (an improvement on what was predicted on Friday) so what to do? Gloss paint our front door or go for a ride? Now much as a love seeing a DIY job complete, there was really no contest.
Our route out was by the direct easterly path shown above, which had us in Settle by 1030. Time for tea – and for the lactose intolerant, something in place of cake – a bacon and black pudding butty 🙂 A fresh nappy for Weston Junior and it was time to hit the road again. Since the first 17 miles had gone well we added a loop onto our return journey. What a good move that was. Whilst the climb took us to around 900 feet at Tosside, the gradient was always kind to us – good news when you are towing Junior in his trailer. This proved a good spot for lunch. Just a hamlet but with both benches and a loo.
The views from Tosside and from the road linking this to Holden were simply stunning. The Forest of Bowland is a truly lovely place, but this exceeded the norm.
In total the route was 37 miles, with just 1300 feet of height gain – finding a route as flat as this around here is an achievement in itself, but the gentle gradient up to 900 feet was icing on the cake given the views it afforded. A great day…