Tinsel on the Tissington Trail - Leisure Cycle
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It looks as though Christmas is pretty much cancelled this year which sucks, however I still think it is possible to have some Christmas cheer, albeit in a group of 6, socially distanced and moving at speed.
Join Will on a Christmassy ride up and down the Tissington Trail in the heart of the Peak District. The route is approximately 50km/30 miles and can be extended or shortened depending on the group, the weather and exchange rate of the US dollar. The route is an old railway line so a fairly gentle incline to the top, where we turn around and come back again. A hybrid, mountain bike or gravel bike are probably best suited for this trail, road bikes and bikes with wispy thin wheels will likely struggle. Electric bikes welcome as long as you pretend to struggle up any hills. Any queries if this ride is suitable for you, send the leader a message. Route available here.
The London and North Western Railway (LNWR) between Buxton and Ashbourne first opened in 1899. Following the closure of the line around seventy years later, the Peak District National Park bought the route in 1971 and turned it into a traffic free trail for walkers and cyclists.
As it is nearly Xmas, bring some tinsel and a Santa hat for a bit of festive cheer. Don't forget a packed lunch, top marks for mince pies and turkey sandwiches.
Toying with the idea of some kind of digital secret Santa. Will let you know if this ever comes to fruition.
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- Unfortunately, there won’t be any planned pub / café stops en route or at the end, and please don’t share sweets or snacks with others – we’re sorry!
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- Much as it's difficult - no handshakes or hugs!
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Image Credits: Images 1-3 taken by Will Allaway and used with permission; images 4-5 Pixabay Free-use.
What to bring
Your will need a bike, one with wheels.
Apart from your bike you may want some of the following:
- Puncture repair kit (or better still a spare inner tube) and tyre levers. Also any special tools that your bike needs.
- Food - bring small snacks such as biscuits, energy bars or gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit is great too
- A cycling bottle attached to your bike and plenty of water
- 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.
- Footwear - Appropriate to your bike
- Cyclist's Helmet - Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet.
- Bag - Not essential, but if the weather is likely to be changeable or you wish to carry supplies and clothing, a small ruck sack or pannier bags attached to your bike could be very useful. We don't want you getting cold or wet.
- Bike lock - Keep your bike safe if we go for a drink
- Chocolate and a big present for Will - not that we are allowed to share food and gifts - d'oh.
Food & drink
Bring a Christmas related lunch with you.