Introduction - how this blog works

The idea of this blog is to share some of my favourite bits of mountain biking with the world. Principally so that you too can enjoy the bits I've enjoyed. And avoid the bits I've hated. So many people have given us advice on biking since we started - what bikes to buy, where to ride, how to ride. So this is my chance to feed a bit back to that body of knowledge.

I'd really welcome your comments - what have I raved about that you thought was awful? What gems did I miss when I visited your local riding spot? Is a bit that I said was awful actually sweet singletrack in the summer or when you're riding well? Comments will help this resource be improved for all readers, and also give me some hints as to where to ride next!

I've written a load about what we've ridden over the last year, and grouped it geographically. My plan is to add to it in the future, hopefully using the tags to keep each region together, though I haven't quite worked out how it will work yet. I may just need to start all over again in a year to keep things organised more sensibly - I'm not really sure a blog is the most sensible format - but it seems the best for me as I'm not terribly motivated to learn any more code than the day job necessitates.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Hedben Bridge descents

The snow confined us to low altitudes for yet another weekend, so we decided to go and re-explore all the descents in Hebden Bridge. We were hoping to find some new ones, but the only one we found is the Pennine Bridleway from Blackshaw Head (SD275965) into the west end of Hebden Bridge (SD279953) although only a short section of this is any fun, and it's not that tricky.

Of the ones we'd done previously, the Colden zig zags (SD975283 to 977283) have been "improved" by the council, removing all the interesting features, so they are no longer worthwhile.

We also realised that the first part of the descent from Heptonstall (SD988282) to Midgehole (SD988290) is quite dull, so if climbing from Hebden Bridge and trying to cut to Mideghole, you'd be better off sticking on the main road for longer (it's not too busy) and not going all the way up to Heptonstall. You then start the descent from SD989285. It's marked as footpath on the map but Bridleway on the ground.

Finally the descent from Peckett Well (SD996293) to New Bridge(SD989291) remains worthwhile. though muddier than we expected.

Thus the top three descents into Hebden Bridge are now:
1. Heptonstall (SD989285) to Midgehole (SD988290)
2. Peckett Well (SD996293) to New Bridge(SD989291)
3. The descent into Todmorden (SD958247) from high on the moor (SD915274).

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