Cycling in The Yorkshire Dales
One of the great things about working in Leeds is that you have some amazing countryside right on your doorstep.
One of my favourite things to do on a day off is go out cycling in the Yorkshire Dales.
Today I did one of my favourite routes. I start from Otley ride north towards Blubberhouses then up past Thruscross Reservoir and The Washburn turn left at Greenhow down past Stump Cross Caverns then down towards Barden, past Bolton Abbey then back along the back road past Addingham to Ilkley and then back to Otley. It's about 40 miles, quite hilly and a thoroughly enjoyable ride.
Here are a few photos I took on my latest trip, there's a lot so I'm going to spread them over a few post.
(And they are all square! Which seems wrong, I didn't realise my camera was set to square, I've unset it for next time)
Cycling out of Otley
I usually drive from Leeds to Otley to avoid the busy A660, park in Otley centre and head out from there.
I go up Carr Bank, It's a good start as it's a nice big hill to get warmed up on! (And it's fine when you are fresh) And you get a nice view from the top when you have stopped puffing and panting.
Pretty soon along Newell Carr Road you leave West Yorkshire and arrive in North Yorkshire.
The views are wonderful, the air is fresh and there are hardly any cars around on these quiet back roads.
You continue along Newell Carr Road. It is actually good stopping to take photographs because quite often I'm enjoying trying to push myself to beat my previous time on this route, this was a bit more of a leisurely trip.
Newell Carr Road turns into Weston Moor Rd. Sheep.
And Weston Moor Rd turns into Askwith Moor Road. The open road ahead.
With a view of Menwith Hill in the distance.
A rustic gate.
Yes, miles of open road, and no cars! Lovely.
So why are you still here? Didn't anyone tell you the Cold War finished 20 years ago? Or, are you here to monitor our phone calls?
The road, now Rues Lane, above Blubberhouses, stretches out ahead... more photos tomorrow.
What has this web developer been up to today?
My time sheet:
|2 hours 28 minutes||This website: changed all the external links that are being redirected to their new url's; writing journal, checking rankings|
|2 hours 26 minutes||Research: MODX caching|
Total: 5 hours 6 Minutes
A lovely day out, see above.
Exercise: 40 mile bike ride in the Yorkshire Dales, see above.
Tomorrow: Batch write a ton of micro blog posts so I can get on top of this accursed challenge..