Ladybower Circle - Mountain Biking
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We will have a short road section but will quickly go off road as we climb up to just below the summit of Win Hill. Following the ridgeline as it undulates past Hope Cross, we eventually hit the first of the three big descents. You can either pick the rocky loose main track or the flowing single track that runs next to it as it descends…
From there we cross the snake and climb (steeply to start with) past Rowlee Farm to Lockerbrook Farm. Now for the second of our three descents, initially fast and flowing, it steepens shortly after we enter the trees eventually kicking us out next to the Derwent reservoir. A quick ride takes us to Fairholmes carpark.
We then have an option:-
From Fairholmes car park and after a few kilometers along the side of Ladybower we climb, but it's rather steep at the start (we will all end up pushing), but this soon eases to a nice technical climb to Whinstone Lee Toor. The stunning views over Ladybower, along with the brilliant fast moorland descent, make the slog up the hill more than worth it!
However if we prefer an easier option we simply following the trail along the side of Ladybower and return to the cars,
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What to bring
- A good quality mountain bike. Preferably full suspension, but hard-tails are fine.However, MTB tyres are a must.
- At least one spare inner tube, tyre levers and pump for your bike. Make sure it's the correct type and size. Plus any special tools your bike needs.
- Food - lunch, bring small snacks such as chocolate bars and energy foods.
- Plenty of water (minimum 2lts)
- Eye protection - impact from a bee, grit or even a fly at speed is extremely unpleasant, sunglasses may do if not made of glass and not too shaded.
- Clothing: choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs. Jeans are useless if it rains but tracksuit bottoms need to be not too baggy or they may snag in the chain and cause an accident. You'll need flat soled trainers for standard pedals.
- Cyclist's Helmet - Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet to events. A full face helmet is highly recommended as are gloves, knee and elbow pads
- Bag you will need a small day-sack to carry essential additional warm clothing, water and an emergency snacks.
- A change of clothing, towel etc for when we finish as you'll probably be covered in mud when we finish!
Any questions, please ask the leader
Food & drink
Please make sure you bring enough water/drinks for the ride.
Please bring enough snacks/lunch for the ride.