Colin really knows his way around these Moors on tracks that criss cross are well established on the ground but for the main part are long forgotten . On days like today with the ground bone dry they make for excellent mountain biking ..even though ..strictly speaking they are a tad naughty ... After a stiff climb from Old Bewick to the ruin at Blawearie on a legal bridleway just beyond we met a gamekeeper ( actually that was on the second time past the ruin) on his quad bike who stopped for a chat ..it transpired that the landowner had signed over the shooting rights to a new set-up who have big big plans for the area. We were to find out later (with mixed feelings so far) that this may benefit us mountain bikers in a very naughty kind of waywith a whole raft of new natural sections having been carved out to transport the clientele ..some look very tasty indeed ..the downside is that they have made a bit of a mess on some existing tracks ..time will tell how things pan out ..but Colin has the war drums on standby if they try limiting access and spoiling our fun ! Anyway ..a few pics The climb up from Old Bewick... CBM...or as he is more affectionately known to our North East crew..Barkin Mad Blawearie ruin hiding in the trees The lightning tree If I had to nominate a 1km of trail in Northumberland as being my favourite..this would be it ..not fast in any way ..it's legal bridleway and as far as I know we are the only ones who ride it . It's just so so chilled in beautiful deciduous woodland ...I always feel good after this section
I will post a copy of the route ..but with the proviso that should you follow ..it's at your own risk without permission on some of the tracks .. Many thanks to Colin for an excellent route and company ..loved it !