So here's the suggestion for something a little different
Meet up at Carlisle Station at midnight, then ride to Brampton and sort of follow the Hadrians Cycle Way (I've avoided dropping into Haltwistle and climbing the really steep bits round Vindolanda by using the Military road in the attached route). The ride finishes using the Tyne riverside path which ends up on the North bank of the river riding under all the bridges in Newcastle. [Route]
The ride is 113km with 1100m climbing. Most of the climbing in the first part of the ride, and the end of the ride follows the river so is pretty much flat/downhill.
There isn't much that will be open going over the Pennines, but there is a 24hr Tesco in Hexham (75km) where we can call in on the way and there's a Wetherspoons (The Quayside
) on the river front in Newcastle which I'd suggest we aim for to get breakfast. It opens at 8am and is not far from Newcastle Station.
Carlisle is on the WCML, and Newcastle on the ECML, with a railway line following the same valley as we'd be riding so getting there/back should be possible from most places
If there was interest, it wouldn't be difficult to add a bit at either end and make this a Coast-2-Coast ride either
Anyone up for this?Riders
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