Posted by: brendaintheboro | November 21, 2021

Unusually good November weather

This week came as a nice surprise considering the awful weather we have been experiencing so I was able to make the most of it and I was able to cycle on 5 days . Admittedly, the shortest was only 7 miles but there were other days when the rides were about 20 miles.

One of the shorter rides took us past a tree with a beautiful golden carpet and I loved the colour combination with DH’s jacket.

autumn colour

Thursday was glorious and we got away from home by 9.30am and cycled along the river . DH got 2 phone calls and so I took the opportunity to take a couple of photos of the autumn foliage there too.

Dh had asked where I wanted to go. To be honest , I haven’t ridden longer distances since being in the Hebrides and so I suggested Eppleby. The shortest route there and back would be 49 miles and I made the proposal that if I tired too soon we could cut it short.

However, i was pleased to make it there using a route through Long Newton and then down to Darlington before going through Stapleton and Cleasby to Manfield and then into Eppleby.

The village shop was open and there were other cyclists there. We called in and got some of their delicious fruit scones before returning back to the B 6275 and down into Piercebridge, By now the sun was shining brightly and so we decided to stop in the enclosure of the East Gate of the old roman fort that stoop here about 2000 years ago.

Piercebridge roman remains

There was a nice bench in the far corner and so it was here we enjoyed cheese toasties and hot chocolate before wolfing down the scones as well. There were a few dog walkers came in but because of the pits, they stayed away. In roman times, those pits were apparently part of the defences and would be hiding sharpened defence spears covered in undergrowth to catch invaders. A nasty death.

We returned by riding up trough Ulnaby ad onto the Staindrop road back into Darlington through Cockerton. Then it was down through the town and I am pleased to say the track into Middleton St George has been really improved with a good surface all the way to the main road before riding to Long Newton. Then it was back home having ridden 52 miles.

So tis weeks mileage is 105 miles making YTD 4137 miles. I am well pleased with that. Don’t know what next week will bring as poor weather is apparently forecast. Get out and ride when you can.


  1. I had to waste a few good days because I hurt my knee walking in the rain. I am envious of your mileage.

    • Sorry to hear that TP

      • It has been very boring but I walked five miles today so it is on the mend.

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