A Visit to the Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s highest Pub

During my visit back in the summer to my home county of Yorkshire (for which i was based in Osmotherley, a beautiful little village on the western end of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park), I had a ride up to The Tan Hill Pub, famous for being the highest pub in Britain. It sits on top of the pennines and has its own Snow-Plough/SnoCat as it regularly gets snowed in. Its a great place to visit especially on a sunny day. A favourite with cyclists, Bikers, Cars and walkers. As you’d expect, it has its own website .

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After a brief stop and cold pint, I had a ride over the moor to Hawes, via Buttertub Pass – recommended by a couple of fellow motorcyclists I had chatted to while there. one word sums it up – AWESOME. I saw a number of motorbikes even mid week as my visit was. I have a video of the trip on Youtube.

The scenery was brilliant and the traffic light – well worth a visit. Thanks for reading.

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Mach 2 Motorbike Festival, Machynlleth, Mid Wales, May 2017, Day 1

At the end of May, a long bank holiday weekend, I went to the Mach 2 Motorbike Festival in Machynlleth, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales. I met up with 2 other owners of the same bike as me, (Honda CB500X for those that are interested) and we had some great rideouts. Typical British weather, Sunny and hot one day, cold and raining the next and even in any combination on the same day.

Anyway this is the first of 3 instalments, covering the Friday. A glorious sunny day, perfect for riding the hills. We covered roughly 120 miles, route below.

Friday rideout updated

Luckily, I recorded all day (well mostly) and created 3 videos of the various sections.. all uploaded on Youtube, so if you want to have a look, here’s a description of each and a link to the relevant Youtube video.

Initial Off Road – our first foray off road, first time on loose gravel for me, a few WTF moments but thoroughly enjoyable.

Tregaron to Abergweysyn –  a mixture of tree-lined roads, deep valleys, barren hills and some quite interesting road.

The Elan Valley – words fail me. Barren Hills, deep blue reservoirs, dams, lots of sheep, waterfalls, The Elan Valley has it all. Well worth a visit.

Their is some wind noise as at times I was struggling to keep cool. It was a great start to a fab weekend. Thanks for reading.

Rideout through Selborne to Frensham Great Pond

I recently had the pleasure of a circular rideout through North Warnborough, Alton, Selborne and ended up for a coffee at one of my favourite stops, Frensham Great Pond (tip: If you fancy a tea break there avoid the weekends and bank holidays – the car park is chargeable and they (the national trust) treat bikes the same as cars. £3 for the pleasure of parking for half an hour for a tea/coffee seems a bit steep to me).

Anyway, the weather was kind, the traffic was light and the riding was good. Map below…

Mystery Tour

The video I’ve loaded to Youtube (here) concentrates on the ride to Frensham Pond. Thanks for reading.

Rideout to Pewsey, Wiltshire

We have friends who live in Pewsey, which is a nice little town in Wiltshire, between Andover and Swindon. Its a beautiful area that up until recently I hadn’t really been able to appreciate as every time we have been to their house, its been dark. I decided to have a rideout on my bike and rode a circular route to Pewsey recently. The outbound route is below.

Pewsey

This was the planned route. The actual route varied somewhat but not significantly. The ride from Basingstoke to Andover via Whitchurch was very pleasant, most notable being the discovery of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill. Definitely one for another day!

From some strange reason(most likely the satnav settings) the route wasn’t QUITE as shown, but once past Andover (the most interesting bit), the route was fine, taking me across Salisbury Plain with some beautiful views, then down into Pewsey. I was right, the countryside was amazing. Rideout on Youtube can be found here .

Thanks for reading

It’s been a while – the times they are a changing

What a start to the year. My daughter delivered us a second grandchild in early February. Since our abortive attempt to sell the house back in the summer (post-BREXIT poll), we have had a lot of work done on the house. We’ve decided to take a break for a couple of months to get our second wind, then start round 2.

The winter weather hasn’t been particularly condusive to going out for rides (I learnt my lesson last year when I came off on black ice – very painful). Now the weather is improving, I have been able to get out and test my new toys for this year, a helmet cam and mic – essential with the quality/attitude of road users here in the UK. I had a very enjoyable outing to a biker cafe in Hampshire, called Loomies – here’s a short video for anyone that’s interested – Ride down to Loomies

Nothing really to report on the Coeliac front. The availability of products (at a price) in the mainstream supermarkets continues and since legislation in the UK Parliament, eating out is a lot easier. I do wish that restaurants wouldn’t drop a 3 inch thick ring-binder in front of me for ME to check what I can eat. The more forward thinking restaurants either flag options on their menu, or even better have a completely separate menu – YAY.

Hope you’re having a good start to the year. Thanks for reading