Easter Road Cycling-Yorkshire Dales - Day 1 of 4 - Swaledale
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The first of four road rides around the Yorkshire Dales over the Easter bank holiday weekend, based around Hawes.
This is a lazy 37 mile (60km) circular road cycle, starting in Hawes and following picturesque Swaledale to Reeth for lunch. Being Yorkshire there will be a hill or two. A slightly later start of 10:30 to allow those travelling on the Friday morning to reach us, and let me have a vague sleep in.
Swaledale is one of the most northerly of the dales and it has perhaps the wildest, most unspoilt scenery in the National Park. Many of the villages and tiny hamlets - such as Gunnerside (from 'Gunnar's saetr') - still carry the names given to them by Viking farmers who settled here over a thousand years ago.
Will, your leader will be staying at Bainbridge Ings Caravan and Campsite. Plenty of alternative accommodation available in Hawes including several pubs.
You can view the route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29149216
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What to bring
Bike: a road bike
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Bike lights: be seen and safe - as we may be finishing late please have a front and back light.
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
Please bring plenty of snacks, the plan is to go to a cafe/pub but I cannot guarantee a convenient pub will show itself at lunchtime, they have a nasty habit of closing down and becoming housing.