Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Etape' du 'alifax Pave' 16th Oct

Why not join us this coming Saturday for a potter round some of the better (and lesser) known cobbled roads in around our wonderful town. The route has been devised at the request of a group of roadies from York who just dream about getting away from those boring flat fast smooth roads they are used to.
We are starting at 12 noon from the Red Rooster. The route is as follows - Brighouse Wood Lane, Hipperholme, Stump Cross, up The Hough to Northowram and down to The Shibden Mill Inn and up Lee Lane (Shibden Wall), down Ploughcroft Lane, right into Boothtown Road and left down Howcans Lane and Churn Milk Lane. Through Ovenden and Wheatley to Ovenden Wood Road and up Gibb Lane to Mount Tabor where down towards Warley turning right into Halifax Lane and down into Luddenden, round the back of the Lord Nelson and up Old Lane, through Midgley and on Heights Road from where we drop down to Mytholmroyd or Hebden Bridge for a cafe stop.
Back on the main road to Luddenden Foot where right and up Blackwood Hall Lane and over Hubberton and Cottonstones and down to Ripponden where over the cobbled humped back bridge and up Old Ripponden Bank. On to Norland where left down Doldrum Lane, skirt round Sowerby Bridge to Copley and up Woodhouse Lane and Birdcage Lane, over Manor Heath then down Shaw Lane and Hebble Way to the Punch Ball and up Exley Bank, up to the top od Siddal and down Whitegate, on to Swan Bank and then everyones favourite, Trooper Lane and a freewheel back to the Rooster.
That makes 14 cobbled sections (though not all are up hill) in about 35 miles or so. I realise that the route may be a bit hard for the Imps and the VS lads but I shall expect to see some more Condors on the start line for this SOCIAL ride.
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  1. If you have to ask why?, then the ride is probably not for you.

  2. Aye Pete this sounds suitably mad. I'll try and meet up with you en route, probably in Mount Tabor. Nigel expressed an interest too.

  3. Many thanks for the ride yesterday. Sorry we had to abandon - Ian's chest was playing up and I think the climbs had taken their toll. Really enjoyed it and a big thank you to Peter for planning the route - we'll be back to finish it...

  4. Thanks Paul, sorry you did'nt finish, hope it was'nt my route that was over ambitious. I'll be happy to ride round all or part of the route should you wish to have another look at it.