Club Trips & Away Day Reports
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25,600,60,1,5000,1000,25,2000
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Club
Club
Glorious Chiltern Hills
Glorious Chiltern Hills
Making a splash
Making a splash
The 'Stingbee' Loop
The 'Stingbee' Loop
It's not just about the riding!
It's not just about the riding!
Ashridge Estate Club Ride
Ashridge Estate Club Ride
Travel further
Travel further
Whipsnade trails
Whipsnade trails
Not just local riding
Not just local riding
Coaching days
Coaching days
Birdseye view
Birdseye view
New trails
New trails
Secret cake supplies
Secret cake supplies
Family Rides
Family Rides
Homes from home
Homes from home
Ashridge Open Ride
Ashridge Open Ride
New accomplishments
New accomplishments
Friends and views
Friends and views
Views to die for
Views to die for
Some posing
Some posing
Try Downhill
Try Downhill
The infamous Ashridge Estate scones
The infamous Ashridge Estate scones
Yorkshire Dales Club Trip
Yorkshire Dales Club Trip
The Malverns
The Malverns
The Ridgeway
The Ridgeway
Cannock Chase
Cannock Chase
A puncture or two...
A puncture or two...
Somestimes a beer...
Somestimes a beer...
Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
Making new friends
Making new friends
Club Trips to new places
Club Trips to new places
Coffee stops
Coffee stops
Lee Quarry Club Trip
Lee Quarry Club Trip
A cake stop or two
A cake stop or two
An excuse to finish at the pub!
An excuse to finish at the pub!
Rules to be broken?!
Rules to be broken?!
Aston Hill
Aston Hill
As Nature intended
As Nature intended
Family Events
Family Events
Challenge yourself
Challenge yourself
Mount Snowdon
Mount Snowdon
Perfect photo stops
Perfect photo stops
Good views
Good views
Speed
Speed
Gisburn Forest
Gisburn Forest
Enjoy yourself!
Enjoy yourself!
Local Groups
Local Groups
Slalom
Slalom
Good company
Good company
Events
Events

The Yorkshire Dales is a sublime setting for some very natural riding. There is no trail centre nonsense here. A very different environment to the Chiltern Hills that most of you will be oh so familiar with. The Yorkshire Dales is a very beautiful but barren wildness in comparison, with open rolling hills and limited splattering’s of woodland. Big ridges (and big climbs), very technical rocky descents, river crossings, tricky gulley’s to negotiate, disused mining works, the odd traditional pub and tea room to enjoy, plenty of sheep to avoid and the odd walkers hut or sheep pen for shelter if the weather turns. No man made stuff here, all natural weathered singletrack trails galore.

Our trip was planned on our fairly standard optional three day tour, where club members can attend any combination of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday to suit work and family.  Accommodation was sorted by the team at the Dales Bike Centre and dinner (and the odd beer…) provided by the award winning and superb local alehouse and restaurant, The Bridge Inn.

Due to the missed planning clash with bank holiday weekend as well as a few club members out injured the turnout for this trip was much lower than expected. Just the three of us headed up to the Dales for the full weekend of riding. This was not a bad thing mind, it meant the planning was a little easier, and all three of us were quite happy at a similar pace all weekend meant for a pleasant three days of good riding and company all mixed up between plenty of grub stops and many many photo opportunities.

We were blessed with a stunning weekend of weather, slightly cooler and overcast on the Friday afternoon warm up spin, but toasty and humid with clear blue skies on the Saturday and Sunday. That must have been our summer gone again!?

The Dales makes for a fantastic weekend of riding, it’s such a great contrast from the local Chiltern area with views to absolutely die for. Fresh air, stunning views and an immense silence and sense of peace and tranquillity… all mixed in with some fantastic routes and riding and great local hospitability means this trip has to be on your bucket list. Give Stu and the team at the Dales Bike Centre a call for top service and let yourself just worry about keeping those legs spinning on the hills and finding room for a brew and a slice.

I am sure we will once again be back next year, if not before...

 

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