Karl, Andy and myself drove to Horton in Ribblesdale on Sat morning, arriving around 10.30 ish. This is where the 3 peaks walks start from. A visit to the cafe with the famous "clocking in" clock was a must and a brew / bacon buttie followed. A leisurely start up a Tarmac farm rd took us onto the tops where good views were had. We went up onto the pennine bridleway / Dales way which is good firm hardpack. The route then took us down a rocky technical path which was tricky on the mtb and very tricky on the cross bike that Andy was on with no suspension at all! We survived this and had a good downhill into Hawes and the campsite which was great value and very well run.
A trip into Hawes with a few beers and a curry followed.
The Sunday dawned with clear skys and another trip into Hawes for a full English.
We set off back around 10.00 ish and went up and up ! The Roman rd ( Cam high rd ) took us in a straight line , as they do, right up onto the tops followed by a flying descent down oughtershaw rd down into Langstrothdale. A right turn at Beckermonds took us back through the forests and over onto the pennine way / Ribblesdale way down into Horton.
All in all a great 2 day bike packing trip with very varied terrain and enough of a challenge without it being a epic !
If anyone wants the route give me a call. I would thoroughly recommend it. ( don't go to the curry house though as we were all a bit rough on the Sun ! )