day four

only had half a day’s riding today.

So much so for planning some rides outside of the managed trails or “free riding” as I tend to call it, these trails are just too much fun.  Doing “The Wall” in the dry and with the sun shining is soooo much better than in the rain.

Especially loved “elevator” which was a section of single track that climbs back to the top, great through the trees etc.


last panorama for now – I promise

should see you through a couple of winters…

serious logpile

Nick wants this shipped home.

Weather looked much better than when we arrived.

much nicer weather leaving Wales


day three

Another big breakfast, and the weather just keeps getting better 😉 I could get used to this!

Decided to do W2 today which is a combination of “Whytes Level” and “The Wall”.  While waiting for David to join us on the trail, I played around with some camera effects on my wife’s phone.  This one below is my favourite.

retro riders

some embossing

nick embossed

a panoramic view


some burnt sepia effects


this is what happens to your vision after one too many downhill stretches of single track


and this is what happens when you’ve eaten too many sausages at breakfast time 😉

too many sausages

and another one



After arriving and dumping bags, it’s time to get out and do what we came for.

Nick, Mike and I get the bikes off Nick’s Landie and set off and do ‘the wall’

It rained, and rained some more, from the left, then the right, then the bottom and at points I couldn’t see jack…

My Garmin is misbehaving, speed keeps dropping down to zero and back up and the altitude is stuck on 25m, I know I’ve climbed more than this, I feel disconnected from my bike and cannot seem to flow through the tracks. And have I mentioned that it’s raining

If the weather stays like this I think I’ll stay and learn to do wheelies in the car park.

Before we know it we’re back at the start – it was fun, do we do it again? Big debate……. I need food …. More debate…. I still need food

We can it and put the bikes away – a quick check and we all need to change brake pads, Nick’s were well into the metal, I suppose that’s what you get for riding in wet sandstone conditions