There might be lambs in t’ dale, but on t’ tops, it’s still winter

The weather so far this year has been mostly terrible: windy and wet.  However, time is pressing on, and I’ve committed to a number of rides this year, most notably the London Revolution, with 180 miles over two days around London.  Training is required.  As intermediate targets, we have the Eden Valley Epic next weekend, and somewhere in between is the Spring Onion in Surrey.

So time to get out on the bike…

Today was a cold and still overcast day, and I figured would be a good opportunity to head out from home to go around Weardale, over the tops and back via Teesdale.

It was a beautiful ride out: there are lambs in Wolsingham already!

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The Chatterbox cafe was excellent as ever.

The Chapel Fell road was closed for resurfacing, but passable, and still a winter wonderland at the top.

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Exfoliation by hail on the descent (again – was the same last weekend with Marie).  Near Langdon Beck I stopped to chat to some twitchers, and they educated me on the rare black grouse that live up there.

It was a long slog down Teesdale, despite it being mostly downhill.

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Reaching Hamsterley put me on home ground, and I was even up to the climb from Witton-le-Wear over to Howdon-le-Wear to get home.

First big ride of the year was tiring!

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