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SCCC Longdendale Trail Ride

Saturday was the latest SCCC Longdendale Trail Ride. It started from Hadfield, where 16 of us met up. It was a lovely day, although the start had been a bit chilly first this when we had set off to ride to the start, which for us was about 11 miles, most of which were up hill!

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We set off along the Longdendale Trail, past Rhodeswood Reservoir, Torside Reservoir and the the Woodhead Reservoir as far as the Woodhead Tunnels.

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Rhodeswood Reservoir

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Woodhead Reservoir

We crossed the road between the Torside Reservoir and Woodhead Reservoir, before following the Woodhead Reservoir down to the Woodhead Tunnels.

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Woodhead Tunnels

After a brief stop in the car park near the Woodhead Tunnels, we retraced out route alongside the Woodhead and Torside Reservoirs.

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Having reached the road at the bottom of Torside reservoir, we briefly followed the road for a while to get to The Old House Tea Room, where we were having a coffee stop.

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After our stop for resfreshments, which were all really nice, we followed the road back to the bottom of Torside Reservoir.

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We took the route between Torside Reservoir and Rhodeswood Reservoir and the followed along Rhodeswood Reservoir.

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We then passed between Rhodeswood Reservoir and Valehouse Reservoir.

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Andy – the ride leader

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We then crossed over between Valehouse Reservoir and Bottoms Reservoir.

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Valehouse Reservoir

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Bottoms Reservoir

The trail then took us along the side of Bottoms Reservoir

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Bottoms Fountain

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We passed between the Bottoms Reservoir and the Bottoms Fountain. Apparently the fountain is only activated if there too much pressure in the reservoirs further up the system.

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We the made our way up the hill, via the roads to the starting point at Hadfield.

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The start/end point of the ride

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Hadfield

The ride itself was 15.7 miles long. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the ride. You can view our Longdendale Trail route below:

Sizergh Castle – Beautiful medieval house, rich gardens and estate

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It had been a fabulous birthday. However, all too soon it was coming to an end. At least however, we could prolong it a little longer with a visit to Sizergh Castle on the way back. Pottering around a National Trust property was ideal for Sarah, since she was struggling with blisters following our Wray

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Cat Bells & High Spy Walk – A Delightful Romp Above Two Lovely Valleys

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For my birthday we decided on a walk taking in Cat Bells and High Spy. We like walks. We also like boat trips, especially having just enjoyed our trip to Wray Castle the previous day. So rather than take the car round to the start we took the ‘walkers special’ cruise from Keswick Pier to

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Wray Castle – On the Shores of Lake Windermere

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Sarah and I enjoy short-weekend breaks away on our birthdays. And this one in September was for mine. Sarah had chosen a B&B in Keswick. So, what better way to start the weekend with a visit to Wray Castle on the way up? 🙂

You can arrive at Wray Castle by car. However, the

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SCCC Weekend Longer Ride – Mungrisdale, Matterdale and Ullswater

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After Saturdays wet ride from Lancaster, Sunday’s Stockport Community Cycling Club weekend longer ride promised a few hills, including Matterdale, but also some fantastic views. We had of course recced this ride recently as part of our Club Weekend recce.

Stockport Community Cycling Club riders ready for the longer ride

It was a cool,

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