One of the big advantages to living in the South Pennines is that I can pretty much ride when I like, there’s not the traffic I had to endure in the urban North West so my rides are now generally later in the day. This is great, but there is something about an early morning ride, a treat at a very special time of day.
We’ve got a visiting toddler in the house at the moment, so mornings have been getting earlier and days have been packed with outdoor excursions. Today I took advantage of the ‘extra’ time in my day and took myself off on part of the Clifcross route, off-road up to Jack Bridge, over the top to Gorple, on towards Widdup then doubling back on the bridleway along the ridge before droping back into Hardcastle Crags.
The trails were empty at 8am, just a single dog-walker and a farmer feeding new born lambs, the rest of the time I was alone, just the clearing skies, the strengthening wind and the sights and sounds of the moors.