The Pennine Cycleway
Yours truly is heading off to Derby tomorrow morning to ride this fabulous route for the third time. It’s that good that it needs to be done on an annual basis simply as a reminder as to how beautiful and varied our landscape is. Enjoy the photos from past trips here http://www.flickr.com/photos/markw48/sets/72157626874750330/show/
IT’S ALL DONE, DUSTED AND BEEN THOROUGHLY ENJOYED BY ALL WHO DID THE TRIP. LOOK OUT FOR AN ARTICLE IN ‘CYCLE’ MAGAZINE ON THE TRIP IN THE OCTOBER / NOVEMBER ISSUE. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS FROM THIS TRIP HERE.
In searching for links to information on the route, I’m over the moon to discover that no less a mortal than John Grimshaw feels the same way as I do. Here’s what it says on the Pennine Cycleway website:
The Pennine Cycleway (National Cycle Network no. 68) takes in some of the most spectacular yet remote countryside in the country and is a challenging but stunning ride along the length of the ‘Spine of England’, it is also England’s longest leisure cycle-route with 80% on quiet lanes and minor roads and 20% on traffic free trails.
“Can there be a better route than the C2C across the Pennines? The answer is, yes and that route is the Pennine Cycle Way. I think that this has more splendour, more variety, more memorable features, more open spaces and more magic, especially as it threads its way high above industrial England either side of the Pennines, than any other part of the National Cycle Network”
John Grimshaw – director and founder of Sustrans
Surprisingly there are no particularly interesting websites about the ride, but if you know of any… Probably better to just get out there and ride it!