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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:38 am 
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My friend Graham has decided that he's going to stop saying 'one day' and that 'one day' will be this year some time, probably in the spring. I've been co-opted to ride shotgun.

The plan, such as it is, is a slightly non-traditional Whitby to Whitehaven. We're doing it arse-over-elbow, East to West, because he has a friend with a B&B in Whitehaven, so that's where we end up.

I've been working up a route in Memory Map, with a version to share in Google Maps which is scalable and can be overlaid on Google Earth (tell me this wasn't why teh interWebs was invented! :mrgreen: )

So, here goes.

It meanders Westwards mostly off the A-roads, as they can be tricky up there, but if anyone knows the roads better, I'm quite happy to straighten a few of the kinks if the A-roads make a pleasant ride.

Currently we're thinking along the lines of Whitby-Barnard Castle - a long day, but it's rolling rather than hilly, followed by Barnard Castle-Penrith over Tan Hill (that's the highest of the lumpy bit) and then Penrith-Whitehaven, to do it in three days.

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Good heavens. Looking at 't map makes me realise that I haven't a clue when it comes to the geography of the North (which starts at Salisbury). Have fun old girl, there's a bacon butty with your name on it if you fancy a diversion of several hundred miles...:c+grin:


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Some spectacular views along the way. A bit hilly, but not as bad as it could be. Hope it goes well :grin:

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"A bit hilly" he says... :roll:

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Chuffy wrote:
Good heavens. Looking at 't map makes me realise that I haven't a clue when it comes to the geography of the North (which starts at Salisbury). Have fun old girl, there's a bacon butty with your name on it if you fancy a diversion of several hundred miles...:c+grin:


Heh. That'll be the day - although there has been some discussion along the lines of 'why haven't we been anywhere near the southwest, then...? ' :mrgreen:

'A bit hilly' is ok. I run low gears anyway!

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Heh. That'll be the day - although there has been some discussion along the lines of 'why haven't we been anywhere near the southwest, then...? ' :mrgreen:

'A bit hilly' is ok. I run low gears anyway!

Come soon, the butty is growing a beard. And Devon is bastard hilly (although I told Baggy that it was flat when I was wooing her...:c+grin:).


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Who are you calling a butty?

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There's a version on the CTC list, Whitehaven to Scarborough via Robin Hood's Bay which we did summer before last. The one way van hire drop off was Workington, so we started from there, went over Ennerdale & Swinside to Wasdale. Next day was Hardknott & Wrynose, Windermere & finished up knackered at Sedbergh (B&B), thence to Hawes & over more hills to Kettlewell (YHA) Next day the weather went pear shaped, we spent half of it down a showcave keeping warm, then called it a day at Pateley Bridge (Campsite by river). On to Mytholmroyd - campsite next to YHA & watch the main road traffic round Northallerton, we timed it wrong. Final day went over the N York Moors & we managed to find a couple of 1 in 3s so be careful with the map. Camped at Robin Hood's bay & rode to Scarborough down the disused railway line next morning.

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All this were fields when I were a lad...:evilchuffy:


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Balls. I bet you're only 20 years behind me. :twisted:

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Balls. I bet you're only 20 years behind me. :twisted:

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If you're only 24 then you really ARE a cheeky kid! Do they really allow them to get married at that age? :roll:

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Bugger. Ok, 15 years, but I've still got the hair...:evilchuffy: :wink:


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I had at your age....
Yo' turns a comin boy. :twisted: :twisted:

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We did a similar route following the Sustrans Walney to Whitby route, going backwards, (Whitby to Walney) last "summer". The Whitby to Barney day may well be hillier than you realise :shock: , in fact I'd probably do it over 2 days but we were fully loaded, to be fair. It was utterly fabulous and I envy you. We only went as far as Appleby in Westmorland before turning right to end up in Berwick on Tweed, so I can't comment on that section. Riding down the far side of Tan Hill was tremendous fun though. I assume you'll be sampling the fare at the Tan Hill Inn? You can't not, really, can you?


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