PCC Tour of the North
2nd to 7th June 2022

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Welcome to the Tour of the North

4 days of riding though the glorious countryside of Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Cumbria.

Tour of the North
Tour of the North

Tour of the North

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Tour of the North
Tour of the North

Tour of the North

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The Plan

Over the Platinum Jubilee weekend, we will drive up to Lancaster, our launch point for the ride, then complete a circuit of challenging terrain with 2 vans to support us on the trip:

  • June 2nd drive to Lancaster

  • June 3rd Lancashire.  54 miles/5600ft ascent.  Lancaster to Wigglesworth.

  • June 4th Yorkshire. 61 miles/6100ft ascent.  Wigglesworth to Tan Hill.

  • June 5th Pennines. 64 miles/5000ft ascent.  Tan Hill to Glenridding.

  • June 6th The Lake District.  56miles/4500ft ascent.  Glenridding to Lancaster

  • June 7th drive to Portishead

The Rides - Click on the maps, they link to the Ride With GPS routes.

Each day will feature an iconic climb or two and thrilling descents with breath-taking scenery through the Northwest of England.  Here is the full route:

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Day 1 Lancashire:

 

We will ride over the first big climb of the trip, appropriately named Jubilee Tower and through the Trough of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Lancashire en route to the Yorkshire Dales.  We will pass though the centre of England, Dunsop Bridge before tackling a second major climb, The Cross of Greet and onto our 3rd climb of the day Bowland Knotts on our way into Yorkshire.

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Day 2 Yorkshire:

We will ride through the Yorkshire Dales National Park taking the difficult climb that passes the spectacular limestone cliff of Malham Cove and onto the wide-open moors around Malham Tarn.  From there we head deeper into darkest Yorkshire, through Kettlewell and onto Kidstones Pass.  After a thrilling descent we will cross the River Ure at the picturesque Aysgarth Falls before heading over Grinton Moor and another brilliant descent to the villages of Grinton and Reeth.  The final challenge of the day awaits, the mammoth 11 mile climb of Tan Hill and a summit finish at the highest pub in Britain at 1732ft above sea level.

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Day 3 Pennines:

Starts with a long descent, climb and another long, fast descent as we head towards The Pennines, our second Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Looming ahead is what some call the greatest climb in England, the 5-mile climb at 8% avg to the radar station on top of Great Dun Fell on the highest paved road in Britain at 2740ft above sea level.  This is an out-and-back trip with views to die for on the summit (hopefully!!).  Once back down again we will head cross country on much easier terrain to reach The Lake District National Park and a beautiful ride down the banks of Ullswater to Glenridding.

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Day 4 The Lake District

The easiest day overall but it starts with a bang.  Leaving Glenridding we head past Brothers Water up over the difficult climb of Kirkstone Pass and down the famous “Struggle” into Ambleside in the heart of Lakeland at the head of Lake Windermere. From here we will head through Beatrix Potter country around Hawkshead and the lovely riding past Esthwaite Water down to the bottom end of Lake Windermere at Newby Bridge.  Riding on through the lovely roads of the South Lakes area we will emerge onto the easy riding along the Lancashire coastline before a rolling finish on our way back to Lancaster.

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How will the trip work?

We will team up to car share on the drive to Lancaster which will take about 4 hours.  We could either head off in the morning and fit in a ride during the afternoon around Lancaster or leave Portishead in the afternoon, whatever suits each car.

Ideally, we will have 2 volunteers who will be happy for their vans to be used as a support vehicle on the ride itself and be driven by the group.  We will share the driving, doing 1 or 2 short 25 miles stints each over the course of the 4 days riding.  This means that there will always be a van close by to provide support and carry the luggage.

We will take a £100 upfront payment to create a kitty for expenses on the road like fuel and coffee stops and to secure your spot on the trip. Nearer the time we will come to you for payment to cover the hotel bookings.

The routes

 We will be riding on mainly quiets lanes and moorland roads.  Inevitably there are some sections on A roads that are unavoidable, but I have tried to keep these sections to a minimum.

Cost

Once again Chris Price has played a blinder and sorted out the hotel bookings.  Hotel costs for 2 people sharing will be c£400pp.  Hotels are booked on a B&B basis so evening meal costs need to be added to your budget.  A deposit/kitty contribution of £100 is required for expenses on the road such as fuel for the vans and coffee stops.  Car share fuel for the return trip to Lancaster will be on top of this and sorted out by each carload.  All in all, I think the trip will come in around £600 (hotels/kitty deposit/evening meals).

Next Steps

The trip is now full, but if there are any drop outs we will let club members know.  If you would be interested in securing a place should there be a drop out you can do this by contacting either John Wilson or Chris Price and pay your deposit/kitty contribution of £100.

 

When hotels need to be paid for we will be back in touch.  Expect this to be around 1st week of March.

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