High Cup

After a big ride yesterday, I set my ambitions a little lower: local and shorter, but still big mountain wild country riding. I parked up at (a very low) Cow Green reservoir and did an out-and-back to the spectacular High Cup.

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I’ve never seen the reservoir this low
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But the reservoir is still putting water into Cauldron Snout to keep the Tees flowing

Once at the bridge over Maize Beck, I decided it would be fun to explore the bridleway on the north side of the beck. I hadn’t realized until today that the bridge is actually a “new” bridge (wasn’t there when I walked the Pennine Way in the late ‘80’s), and the north side of the beck was the main path, heading to the “old” bridge over a beautiful limestone gorge.

En-route, I met a guy cycling the other way over the featureless moor. While I was riding a fat bike, eminently suited to this terrain. The guy I met was on a touring bike: absolutely bonkers, but impressive!

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… and I was struggling on the fat bike!

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Peat cornice

After taking Sunday lunch at the limestone gorge (a cup of coffee and a few squares of chocolate), and riding on to High Cup to appreciate the view, it was time to head home.

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Amazing limestone gorge

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Not a bad lunch spot!

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Always spectacular

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Finally, riding up by the reservoir, I took time out to enjoy the wild flowers. Teesdale is truly beautiful.

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