Cycling across Bowland and Salter Fell

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Here are a few photos from a ride I made across the moors of Bowland, Lancashire. I rode my Raleigh Randonneur bicycle across a fantastic rough track of gravel, boulders and ancient Roman pavement. This was my first real off road ride of any distance and I learned later that my Uncle and Grandad made the exact same crossing on the Salter Fell track many years ago!

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The glorious feeling of paved road again as I finally made it off the moor and onwards to the Trough of Bowland for some excellent climbing and miles of beautiful descent by the Marshaw Wyre river.

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I had concerns about impending thunderstorms and had made a half way point of no return on the map. I didn’t quite reach it on time but I was too eager to continue and went on ahead anyway. On the way down the final section I met a couple riding the other way on a mountain bike tandem!

I am now doing much more offroad riding here in Norway, having just got my very own Cyclocross bike!

In the picture above you can see the view off to Three Peaks country and Ingleborough. This morning I discovered the Three Peaks CX race online and now I really want to ride a bike up around the mountains there. I didn’t quite make it into the Yorkshire Dales this year but who knows where my bike will take me next year!

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