Saturday, June 11, 2005

Baa Banana Black Sheep

11th June 2005

Castleton, Peak District.

Gatecrasher Steve, Mr Motivator, DIY Dave.

Which way?
Castleton > Blue John Cavern > Rushup Edge > Chapel Gate Track > Edale > Hollins Cross > Hope Cross > Rowlee Farm > Ladybower Reservoir > Hope Castleton.

Is it published?
Probably. It's some of the best all-year riding in the Peak District.

Tracklog file? (What’s this?)
Yes. Download from here.

Chapel Gate descent - a Peak District classic.
Rocky, rutty climb to Hollins Cross.
Rocky descent from Blackley Clough to A57.

As you can see from the photos, we met the tamest sheep in the Peak District when we reached Hollins Cross. It scavenged for food but all we had to share was some banana peel which she gladly ate (see photo below).

Route details
Distance: 23.2 miles
Duration: 4 -5 hours
Ascent: 4004 feet
% off-road: About 60%
Technical difficulty: 4/5
Fitness difficulty: 4/5

See the Tracklog file (above).

What else?
Castleton has plenty of pubs and cafes for post-ride re-fuelling.


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