Every now and then we try and do a bit of a special club road trip, where we get away for an overnighter and make the most of a weekend. Some months back we'd hit the Peak and had a great time, so with winter approaching and knowing just how much fun the Peak isn't in winter, we thought we'd head back before the winter months set in. We'd also heard good things of Rowan Sorrell's work near Bacup at Lee and Cragg quarries, so a plan was hatched. A day at Lee/Cragg and a day in the Peak.
We went to Leigh Quarry and rode over to Cragg Quarry too. It was raining but hey. Colin from White Nancies and Colin from Luton joined us. Steep climb to quarry. Slabs. Wet. Helicopter signs. Gravel, cloud, pushing. Cragg blast. Colin's freehub. BMX track return. Playing in quarry. Colin on pump track. Singletrack back to cars.
We stayed at a nice B&B and had a curry. Birds old stomping ground. Nice pub, proper beer. Alex from Nancies. Curry, ace curry. More beer. Police on walk back.
We went for a ride in The Peak, from Hope. We had cake. Early start, frosty, sunshine, that road down alongside broken road. Roman Road, Hope Cross, Hagg Farm, Al bike broke. Ladybower, cafe stop. Climb, views, chats, friends. Mud. Sun. Wooping. Cafe and bike shop. Drive home.