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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:19 pm 
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Cool today with a cold wind when stopped for any length of time

Went for a ride around one of the Hardwick loops, though not as big as Pips views, still some nice ones anyway. A lot of people out today, mainly with large packs of dogs, :lol: all heading in different directions on their leads, and quite a few cyclists too.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:01 pm 
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Thanks everybody.

Okay, so the birthday boy was determined to make it to the top of the Worcestershire Beacon today. My sister and brother in law arranged to meet me at the top. They drove to the Wyche Cutting that cuts out about 500 ft of climbing, and walked up the easier paved route. I meanwhile would tackle traversing the front East Face, which my sister referred to as the Donkey Trail - never heard it called that before.

By the time I had got to the grassy knoll above St Ann’s Well, I had that sinking feeling you get when you just don’t think that you have it in you. Anyway, it wasn’t a race, and I know the terrain well, so off we set in good spirits.

You can sort of get the idea from this picture of the trail sweeping back and forth with its hairpin bends. It is easier overall than other routes, but there are still some steep sections.

Looking towards North Hill:

ImageWorsc Beacon Donkey Trail by Philip Mock, on Flickr



Looking South towards Jubilee Drive, with the Herefordshire Beacon just visible in the distance:

ImageWorsc Beacon Donkey Trail_1 by Philip Mock, on Flickr



Nearly at the top looking down onto where I was yesterday. The sheep are currently grazing on the slopes, which helps maintain the Hills, but they are penned in with electric fencing:

ImageWorsc Beacon Donkey Trail_3 by Philip Mock, on Flickr



Anyway despite my reservations (and advice from a Surgeon’s Registrar) I made it to the top. I reckon I could call that back to normal. My brother in law took this one, then the 3 of us made our way back down to the Wyche Cutting for a birthday meal at Café H2O, which is popular with cyclists:

ImageWorsc Beacon 130819 by Philip Mock, on Flickr

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:28 pm 
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Congratulations on conquering the Worcestershire Beacon Pip. Best wishes for a Happy Birthday. 8) :D


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:25 pm 
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In next week's edition, Pip rinses the megavalanche series on a unicycle blindfolded.


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Great stuff Pip! 8) :D


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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:41 pm 
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Warm today, perfect riding weather

Went out towards Pines but decided to link up with another loop just for a bit of a change, some nice spots along the way, a model aeroplane runway and a beautiful stretch of river, obviously very busy this time of year though.

Great ride and felt really good today so enjoyed it a lot more.


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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:27 pm 
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Warm today with a nice breeze.

Very busy today so just went for a quick ride. Planned around 1 1/2hrs, actually took me 3 1/2hrs :shock:

Rode easy tracks, didnt really stop, not sure what happened. Really enjoyed the ride though, great views and sunshine, lots of walkers out today and a pair of cyclists, one in full on mtb gear on his mtb and the other in road gear on his road bike, strange. Probably having fun taking it in turns playing keep up if you can :)


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Finally got out on a bike today. Short jaunt from the house along towards Staithes climbing along the empty coast road before heading for the cliff top path towards home.

Looking towards Staithes

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And a little further along before descending down to the farms in middle distance via sketchy footpath then back up to home top left.

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Enough for me for now as a ‘get back in the saddle ride what with 40 mph winds trying to fling me into the sea.


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The History Man wrote:
Finally got out on a bike today. Short jaunt from the house along towards Staithes climbing along the empty coast road before heading for the cliff top path towards home.

Looking towards Staithes

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And a little further along before descending down to the farms in middle distance via sketchy footpath then back up to home top left.

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Enough for me for now as a ‘get back in the saddle ride what with 40 mph winds trying to fling me into the sea.



Some beautiful coastline there :)


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 Post subject: Re: Today's Ride
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:35 pm 
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21.5 miles. 655ft. 2 hours.

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