Ride with a view

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Ride with a view

Postby Dave Gy » 1 Feb 2009, 5:42pm

Good evening, I was just wondering...

What is the best view in the UK that you have seen and was it really worth the ride?

Besides seeing the misses when I get back from a ride :wink: I don't really have anything else breath taking to see around here.

Dave

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Postby Dee Jay » 1 Feb 2009, 6:21pm

Well .... here in mid-Devon, most of my cycling takes places in beautiful surroundings. The most recent one was last week: I did 10 very, very, very hilly miles which included the road from Ashill up to Blackborough.

Breath-taking in all senses!
Dee

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Postby nosmo king » 1 Feb 2009, 6:35pm

Living in North Wales the best view for me is the view up Llanberis Pass to the summit and the youth hostel at Pen-Y-Pass. The rugged scenery and winding road going up is superb.

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Postby BrianInnes » 1 Feb 2009, 6:36pm

One of my favourite routes takes me over a wee single width road from Kirkcaldy to Burntisland which takes me over Binn Hill. Half way along this route there is a lovely space to stop and admire the views of the Firth of Forth, with Largo Law, Bass Rock and Berwick Law in the distance.

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Postby Mick F » 1 Feb 2009, 7:04pm

The top of Peek Hill up onto Dartmoor from Yelverton on the B3212.

The views over Plymouth Sound, Saltash, Tavistock, Horrabridge, Walkhampton and way out to Bodmin Moor are spectacular!

Also, back in Lancashire ....
Parblod Hill over the Lancashire Plain, out to Southport and round to Blackpool and Morecambe Bay beyond.
A view from my childhood!
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Postby Dean » 1 Feb 2009, 7:08pm

Northern side of the Kirkstone Pass. Unsurpassed.

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Postby glueman » 1 Feb 2009, 7:20pm

A lot depends on the weather. The western fringes of Sheffield offer views over to North Wales if it's clear and you can see the Dales from nearby peak roads apparently. The road past the Roaches from Buxton offers incredible views to the Cheshire plain, Trent Valley and well into Shropshire.
You can see the Lakeland hills from the southern Dales. I reckon you can discern the east coast and York minster from Holme Moss in ideal conditions. Freshly scrubbed skies after a rainstorm with mixed sunshine and cloud are perfect for the long view.

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Postby hubgearfreak » 1 Feb 2009, 7:27pm

glueman wrote:I reckon you can discern the east coast and York minster from Holme Moss in ideal conditions.


from my experience of holme moss, being able to see ones feet constitutes a clear day. it must be the foggiest place in all england :lol:

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Postby Si » 1 Feb 2009, 7:39pm

The stone circle on the top of the Clent Hills - you can see the Urals on a clear day :wink:

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Postby glueman » 1 Feb 2009, 7:41pm

hubgearfreak wrote:
glueman wrote:I reckon you can discern the east coast and York minster from Holme Moss in ideal conditions.


from my experience of holme moss, being able to see ones feet constitutes a clear day. it must be the foggiest place in all england :lol:

Actually elevated places get relatively little fog, although low cloud is frequently an issue. For proper fogs I'd try Lincolnshire or the Vale of York.

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Postby hubgearfreak » 1 Feb 2009, 7:47pm

glueman wrote:Actually elevated places get relatively little fog, although low cloud is frequently an issue.


hehe. i love pedantry. either way, you'd struggle to discern the east coast

glueman wrote:For proper fogs I'd try Lincolnshire


i do almost every day 8)

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Postby patricktaylor » 1 Feb 2009, 7:52pm

Winter Hill, two miles from my front door. The view includes the Pennines from above Rochdale down to Derbyshire, the Manchester conurbation, Joddrel Bank, the tops of some hills over the southern horizon (which must be somewhere in Staffordshire), Frodsham Old Man, Runcorn Bridge, the Welsh mountains, the Dee Estuary, the Liverpool skyline, Anglesea, gas rigs and windmills out in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man, the Lakeland Fells, and the Pendle Hill region to the north. And if you look up vertically you see 309 metres of transmitter mast stretching up to the clouds.

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Postby glueman » 1 Feb 2009, 8:02pm

hubgearfreak wrote: i love pedantry.

So I'd noticed. :shock:

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Postby glueman » 1 Feb 2009, 8:11pm

May have mentioned this before but the most awe inspiring view I've seen was from Kirk Fell at the head of Wastwater. The sun was setting on a beautiful summer evening to show Blackpool tower and the coast in the forground, the Isle of Man looked like a toy island in a pond and the Irish coast was clear with views well into the mainland.

Spectacular.

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Postby PW » 1 Feb 2009, 8:26pm

Locally, midsummer sunrise from Eyam Moor stone circle looking at Higgar Tor - the midnight ride over the moors is my favourite occasion of the year.
Further afield either the view to McLeods Tables on Skye from the Bealach Na Ba or, given a bit of walking :roll: the view from McLeods Tables across the other way to the Hebrides.
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