Les Trois Vallées (2017-ième edition)

Last year around bluebell time, I did this ride.  This year again I had the opportunity to be dropped off at Horsley and make the ride south home via Tynedale, Weardale, Teesdale and finally back to Weardale.  Unlike last year, there was a strong easterly cold wind.  For the first half of the ride this wasn’t a big problem, as it was a sidewind.  However, once in Teesdale (just over half way) this became an energy sapping headwind.  However, I resisted the temptation to call for a rescue lift, and made it all the way home.  104 kilometres!

Tynedale

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Riding alongside the Tyne
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Crossing the River Tyne

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Short byway diversion through the bluebell woods
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View north into Northumberland
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Empty roads

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Just before Blanchland

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Crossing the River Wear
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The climb up Chapel Fell
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About to start the fast descent into Teesdale

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On entering Teesdale the route turned east into a strong headwind that was to make the rest of the day a bit of an ordeal…

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View back up Teesdale

Back to Weardale

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Crossing the Wear for a second time
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Not far to go now

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