Well, officially summer is over , but the forecast for today was reasonable so we decided to go out for a bit of a longer ride. DS1 who hasn’t been out with us for a while decided he would come with us but we couldn’t set off too early. DS2 had to be taken to the bus station as he is away for 2 days with the autism group he goes out with. They are off to a theme park and a zoo in the Midlands.
So it was 9.00am before we got away over the Newport Bridge and off up through Norton where we picked up NCN route 1. The route uses an old rail track up to Hurworth Burn. This years rain has played havoc with the surface of the track and it has become very rutted and gravelly. There are 3 short , sharp descents and ascents which I ended up walking as the surface was just so bad and I don’t want to have any falls. There was a little hazy sunshine as we approached the resevoir.
Continuing on, we cycled up though the village of Station Town, across the field track until we came to the junction of NCN1 and NCN14. Here we turned right , to cycle along to Hartlepool. The track is generally downhill, so we were able to go fairly quickly and were soon down at Hart. It appears that the old rail embankment continues on, but the track stops here and the supposed cycle track into Hartlepool was blocked with parked cars so we used the road.
We cycled around the Headland as DS1 had never been there. We got good views across the Tees estuary .
It’s only a half hour ride from here to home, so we called into a supermarket and got a few bits for a salad for tea. A good day, indeed better than many days this summer and we got 45 miles in today.