Pennine Cycleway

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Re: Pennine Cycleway

Postby robc02 » 3 Aug 2017, 7:30pm

It was definitely the hardest route I've cycled through.it doesn't beat the LLC as my favourite, which in my mind has pretty much the perfect combo of amazing views, interesting things along the route, mountains and valleys and countryside that changes along the ride.


I'd agree with all of that. I would be happy to ride LLC over and over again.

.....there were sections where a horse would have been struggling, never mind a laden bike* - and the hills were extremely tough.


:lol: There were certainly times when I thought carrying camping gear might not have been such a good idea!

To be fair, if I'd had better weather (or gone in the opposite direction) and allowed a bit more time the experience would have been quite a bit more enjoyable.

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Re: Pennine Cycleway

Postby geocycle » 3 Aug 2017, 7:51pm

Liked your report Honesty! I did it in 2005 or 2006. I remember liking it although possibly not my absolute favourite. I also liked LLC and lochs and Glens across Scotland and the Coasts and castles. In England my favourite northern coast to coast was Walney to Whitby but way of roses and Reivers are also enjoyable. Bottom line is that we have some great cycling country!

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Re: Pennine Cycleway

Postby nick12 » 25 Oct 2017, 6:35pm

I did the pennine cycleway in 2013. North to south. Definatly a good ride weaving its way up the pennines. Wild camped every night. Some great places. It was challenging at times but all in all a great ride well recomended. The route to dent i didnt know about previous to the trip and was a bonus for me. Brings back good memories. Like the blog .

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Re: Pennine Cycleway

Postby Lithium » 9 Jul 2018, 3:13pm

I've just completed the PCW from North to South. It was really my first major tour under my own steam (did a supported C2C with a group a couple of years ago).I wish I'd read your blog before I went! I completely agree about the section south of Wooler, which was an absolute nightmare, and I would advise anyone to completely avoid it. I was on a hybrid with 40mm tyres, but there was no way I could cycle on that boulder-strewn track, and the fords were hard work too - that bit doesn't qualify as a touring cycle route in my opinion.

However, forewarned by this experience I did a diversion through Wark rather than do the Keilder forest track from Whygate, which I'd heard was bad. I also skipped the 'old road' between Whaley Bridge and Buxton just in case. The A-road was actually really quiet because England were playing Sweden at the time. Lovely hill climb too.

Camped each night except the last, which I spent at Hartington Youth Hostel because I couldn't find a campsite close to Buxton which had any spaces. I'll write up a ride report/blog and post it here if anyone is interesed. I was kind of lucky with the weather in one sense because I didn't have to deal with wet kit, and it was easy to wash clothes and dry them on the back of the panniers whilst riding. This helped with personal hygeine I feel. Having said that, it was murderously hot which made it hard work at times.

Highlights of the route:
(a) Climbing from Alston to Hartside and feeling elated; shame the cafe has gone (b) Climbing/pushing up the hill from Dent to Ingleton, which was the most stunning bit of scenery for me; (c) Hadfield Food Bar needs a special mention - I went in for a cup of tea and a sausage butty, and had a lovely chat with the very friendly people who work there and a much-needed rest. We talked a lot about the moorland fires, which have been absolutely devastating in that area. When I mentioned that my sunglasses had jolted loose somewhere up on the Woodhead pass (that crazy rocky section), the lady who ran the cafe was all for giving me her sunglasses as a replacement, although she couldn't find them, but then in lieu of that, she gave me a huge bakewell tart and wouldn't take any payment for it. I have to admit that this made me quite tearful, as I was feeling pretty drained by day 5. It turned out to be the perfect fuel for a long day from Holmfirth to Hartington.

Lows:
(a) I did the route alone, and I think it would have been a lot more fun to share, though I am okay in my own company; Occasionally on the rough and remote bits, like that bit south of Wooler, I wondered how long it would be until someone found me if I took a bad tumble! (b) In efforts to keep the bags light, I didn't take a camera, so all I have as a record is a few poor pics on my phone, which I didn't take a lot of because I wanted to save charge so I could phone my family each night; (c) The station cafe in Sowerby Bridge deserves another special mention. In 300-odd miles I never had a problem getting water bottles filled, during what has been one of the hottest weeks on record. In Northumberland I was even offered water without asking by a lady sitting outside her house, and again near Wark by a man I'd asked for directions as to the best way back towards Hadrian's wall (and he put ice in it). But the chap at Sowerby bridge said 'we don't give it away'. At first I thought he was joking, but then realised he wasn't, and as I was so knackered and dehydrated I paid him for a bottle. He then said 'now do you want your bottle filling up?' ...'because now you're a customer, do you see?'. I took his arrogant offer, told him that in 200 miles I hadn't met anyone so mean and then left him to keep running his little empire. I could say more, but I would probably break the posting rules for this forum. But if you're in the vicinity, please avoid Mr Sour of Sowerby. By the way - what a hell of a hill out of there up to Barkisland! Everyone who lives there must have legs like tree-trunks! And at the top of that hill was a pub called The Hobbit, who filled up my bottles quite happily and added ice, which was nice.

Song of the trip was 'Whiskey in the Jar'. Apologies if you heard my tuneless warbling somewhere in the Yorkshire dales!

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Re: Pennine Cycleway

Postby honesty » 9 Jul 2018, 9:13pm

I spent my cycling week this year cycling round Somerset visiting all the national trust sites with a 30 mile radius of home. Not a patch on the Pennine Cycleway. Sounds like you had a good time!

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Re: Pennine Cycleway

Postby Lithium » 10 Jul 2018, 11:20am

This is a daft question, but I'm thinking of future tours. I noticed a few mentions of LLC on here, which sounds good, but I'm too dense to work out what it stands for. I've looked at other bits of the forum but I can't find any routes starting with those letters. Sorry to sound so daft, but what is the name of that route please?

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Re: Pennine Cycleway

Postby brynpoeth » 10 Jul 2018, 11:24am

Lon Las Cymru, the green way of Wales
Cymru am byth!
Alternative facts welcome
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Cycling? Of course, but it is far better on a Gillott

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Re: Pennine Cycleway

Postby PH » 10 Jul 2018, 2:31pm

Lithium wrote:This is a daft question, but I'm thinking of future tours. I noticed a few mentions of LLC on here, which sounds good, but I'm too dense to work out what it stands for. I've looked at other bits of the forum but I can't find any routes starting with those letters. Sorry to sound so daft, but what is the name of that route please?

Now you have the name there's plenty of information on this forum if you do a search for it. I won't repeat it except to say it's my favourite of the NCN routes I've done (Which is all the popular ones and a few of the lesser known) Imagine all the best bits of the PCW without the bits in between, then add about 30% scenic and that's about it.