I notice this post on the RSF website noticeboard this week ‘Saddleworth based RSF members Rob Newton, Phil Spencer and Mick Ely have decided to offer a regular monthly ride around the beautiful Saddleworth countryside, maybe exploring some of the delights of Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside too! They plan to make the majority of every ride off road using the many bridleways, old railways and canal towpaths as much as possible. All are welcome and they will be using the local media to try to encourage some potential new members to join them; an ideal opportunity for existing members to bring along a friend. They will be starting and finishing from the same spot in Uppermill, the Lime Kiln Cafe, part of the Brownhills Visitor Centre on the Huddersfield Canal, meeting up from 9-30am in time for a brew before setting off at 10am. As there is very limited parking at the cafe please use the following parking information: Park at Canalside Free Car Park off Wool Road SD995064 Nearest Post Code for Sat Nav OL3 5NW For dates see Northern Peak & South Pennine page’
The first of these rides being on Tuesday 8th October. The only other comment I going to make is that I wish that more RSF members would do the same thing and well done to Rob, Phil and Mick for volunteering to lead this new monthly ride.
The tunnels on the Monsal Trail are now re-opened for cyclists and it is possible to cycle all the way from Bakewell to the outskirts of Buxton on the former Midland Railway. You can download the monsal trail leaflet here monsal-trail-leaflet.pdf. to find out more information about the trail.
John the Secretary of the Northern Peak & South Pennine Group as arranged for the pre Xmas lunch to be at Old Original, Thurston Clough Road, Scouthead, Oldham OL4 3RX on Wednesday 17th November. The pub is at GR: SD 972 063 is near Delph.
If you thinking about going to lunch please let John know ASAP.
The Group will be meeting at 9.30 to 10.00am at Edna’s Cafe in Delph (GR: SD 985 078) for coffee and then having a two hour ride to the lunch venue. For anybody going by car to the pub, aim to be there for 12.30. After the lunch there is a fast 5 min descent back to the start so you safely over indulge!
You can see photos of last year’s Pre Xmas Lunch at this link, you can contact John on 01457-852090
This was the first time in 5 years that I found myself alone for the ride. So I decided to spend the day trying to string together one or two bridleways that I had not done before. Soon I caught up with a heard of cows going down the lane followed by an enormous bull. The farmer said it would not bother me and the animal did seem to be making heavey weather of the walk as it ambled slowly behind apparently oblivious to all, but I still deemed it prudent to remain behind. I continued over the moors towards Oxenhope and thence to the cafe at Cold Spring Mill (see above photo) for lunch. I then dropped to Cullingworth before climbing to Manywells and a green track traversing Denholme Edge. In places this was so close to barbed wire that I decided to walk. Another bridleway across the moor led to a concrete track down to the back entrance to the car park. A stile and a locked gate barred the way, so I had to manhandle the bike over only to find a notice on the other side – “No Cycling”- Why on earth? Anyway what a pleasant day I had almost forgotten the joys of cycling alone. However since some of the tracks were isolated and exposed. I did just once wear my crash helmet and pack the mobile phone.
We thought that we would be few on the ground due to illness and holidays but in the event we had a good turnout, though we were outnumbered by visiting members from other groups! The Macclesfield Old Road out of Buxton is steep and stony and for most of us it meant a walk. As usual I was the last to breast the summit for I find walking not easy these days! A pleasent descent to Derbyshire Bridge was followed by a climb to the 1700 foot high Cat and Fiddle where we took a short rest. The one and a half mile bridleway across the moor to the A54 is an easy and pleasant track. A mile along the A54 we took a lane and bridleway to pass some walkers. However we were soon re-passed by them as we sttruggled down the steep, rocky and sandy track to arrive at Three Shires Head. This is an idyllic and popular spot where we stopped to take photos.The track from here is not steep but deep sand and stones make it difficult to ride until it approaches Hawk’s Nest. From here thebridleway is a difficult deeply entrenched and narrow defile dropping through woods to a ford before climbing to meet the tarmac. The road for most of us was a very steep walk to Flash – at over 1500′ the highest village in England. We passed the pub and continued to the recently open cafe at Flash Bar. Three hours had passed and we had covered little more than eight miles. In the old days we could have run it quicker, but alas no more! After lunch we pased along Axe Edge to take a most pleasent green bridleway which descends beside a tributary of the infant Dove. Reaching Fairthorn we climbed over the ridge to take another grassy bridleway which took us over the moor before descending toHarpur Hill. Here the weather forecast proved correct. The predicted heavey shower arrived and we were forced to shelter under a railway bridge before making a rapid return to the start. Not many miles – a toughish morning, an easier afternoon – but quality views and company!
To see the rest of photos of the ride click this link.
We met at Langsett Barn on a rather grey day but at least it was not cold or raining. The start was delayed as we tried to convince a cyclist that he would be better off if he joined the RSF. We dropped below the reservoir to cross the stream and follow a right of way up the hillside. Passing along the edges of fields on what was technically a footpath we throught it prudent to walk. Soon it became a wide and well used track with signs of numerous bike tracks, so we started to ride. At Midhopestones we had to walk a steep and enclosed bridleway which took us up to road to Strines after we had passed through a field of cows with an enormous bull. Fortunately we did not notice him until we were safely through a gate, and judging by the number of calves he must have had an enjoyable springtime. A short on-road climb took us Whitwell Moor and a long descent to Bolsterstone. Here a byway led around Townend Common with a steep stony descent from Hollin Edge Height to Ewden. After crossing the valley the ascent proved too much and, except for Grayham, we were reduced to walking. At Brightholmlee we followed Storth Lane around the hillside. This turned out to be a delightful bridleway with a steepish descent at the end. Then instead of dropping directly to Oughtibridge we took a gut wrenching walk and climb over the ridge to Onesacre. The reward was a super drop to our lunch stop. There is no cafe at Oughtibridge and we were directed to “The Pheasant” that proundly displayed a sign “food now being served” We locked the bikes and went inside only to be told that they were not doing food! So, we found the “Cock Inn” and what super spot this turned out to be – highly recommended. “Is it Yorkshire Tea?” Sol asked “Nothing else!” was the reply. South Yorkshire always seems to come up trumps in terms of food stops, as even Frank had to admit! Fed, we entered Whamcliffe Woods and followed the Trans Pennine Trail to Wortley. After a little difficulty we managed to locate a ford across the infant River Don where Frank and Grayham posed for photos. Then we had to walk a steeply rising and slippery track through woods and fields to reach the road to Green Moor. We followed the road for 3 to 4 miles to a highpoint near Hartcliffe where a bridleway drops to A616. After stopping to look at a field full of deer and to admire the panorama over Langsett we thought it better to walk. There was no track and if it had not been for the blue markers we would not have found it easy to locate the route. The ground was steep, hard and badly churned up by cows and we did not fancy going over the handlebars. The final kilometre back along the A616 was distinctly unpleasant – narrow with fast moving heavy traffic – not to be recommended and the only downside to what had been a super day with lots of new ground in a area I thought I knew well – even if for me it was a knee knacking one.
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Twelve days ago a hosepipe ban was imposed and we have had nothing but heavy rain ever since! So what should we do? Go up into the clouds or take the easier valley alternative? We opt for the former. Foul Clough Road lives up to its name for it is unrelentingly steep – 1 in 5. On reaching the lip of the valley the tarmac ends and the gradient eases. We are able to remount and still climbing conutinue up to the high moor. We are surprised to find that apart from the final push to the watershed it has been possible to ride the rest of the way. At the top we have climbed 850ft in 3 miles. No wonder it is named Hades Hill! The northern slopes are heavily quarried and we descend wide but very rough tracks to Shawforth where we discover a newly opened cafe – Lizzie Lumb’s. Fortunately the threat of rain seems to have pased and we are able to lunch outside. Fed, the clouds and mist return, so this time we take the easier alternative. Capes on we follow Sustrans route 92 through Healey Dell, stopping to peer over the 100ft high viaduct. Skirking Rochdale we reach the canal at Clegg Hall. At Littleborough we find another new cafe where we have a final drink before continuing back along the canal – amazingly in bright sunshine. Driving home there is a cloudburst. How lucky we have been!
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On Wednesday the 18th of November 2009 the Northern Peak and South Pennine Group will at Edna’s cafe in Delph (Grid Ref SD 985078) at 9.30am to 10.00am ish for a pre-ride coffee. Delph is about 5 miles east of Oldham just north of the A62, the Oldham to Huddersfield road. As last year, we will follow this with a morning ride to finish at The Old Original Inn (Grid Ref SD 972063) for lunch. Typically a main course cost about £7 to £8 inclusive of complimentary soup and can be ordered on the day. After lunch you enjoy a short and rapid downhill ride back to Delph.
You are welcome to join the Group for the day or just for lunch.
However, it would be helpful if you could let John( Secretary of the Group) know by phoning on 01457-852090 by Sunday 15th November weather you intend to join them so that he can give the Inn some idea of numbers to expect.
Unfortunately John the area secretary of the group will unable lead the ride due to family committments and he has been unable to arrange an alternative leader since the other two members who lead rides for the group have family committments.
So he asking members wishing go on this ride, you need to plan your own route and if any member willing to lead the ride get in touch with John on 01457 852090 as soon as possible.
John apologize to members for unable to find someone to lead the ride and point out this first time its happen in last three years and looks forward to seeing members on the next Northern Peak & South Pennine Group ride on the 15th July starting in Tong at the church GR: SE 219305 (OS map 104) at 10.00am.
I must point out to lead RSF ride you must be approved RSF run leader see this link for more information and if would like your name to be added to list RSF runs leaders please contact Peter the National Secretary on 01524 383593 for information.
I f you have Twitter account (Twitter is free to join) you can now follow South Lakes Website updates at this link on Twitter and make a short rely about the updates or send me direct message but you limited to 140 characters or less, so its useful to me post short updates on whats happening on the South Lakes Website and let more people know about the website, plus increase the number of visitors to the site which may lead to more people coming out on Group rides and joining the Rough-Stuff Fellowship.