ECR miles

The last couple of weekends I’ve been getting the miles in on the ECR ahead of my trip to Scotland in May. Importantly, these have been largely off road miles and with luggage to a lesser or greater degree.

Last weekend saw me out with those fine folk from Keep Pedalling and a couple of other customers, among them Tim from Life in the Cycle Lane. We bimbled around the byways of the South Pennines on our passé geared machines while our hosts chewed up the trail on single speeds. It was the workout I needed and a salutary reminder that my fitness is not quite where it should be. Read Tim’s account here.

This weekend, I loaded up the ECR ‘properly’ and hit the bridle paths of the Dark Peak heading to Edale. I took in familiar routes such as Mount Famine and Roych Clough and had plenty of opportunity to push my beast of burden – all good training for things north of the border.

Spending the night pitched in Edale, I climbed Winnats Pass on Sunday morning for no other reason than I hadn’t ground up its 1 in 5 before. Staying on the road to Chinley, more climbing led to a lovely unmade road which dropped down into Birch Vale where I had a well-earned breakfast at the excellent Sett Valley Café.

From here, I climbed the Pennine Bridleway across the flanks of Lantern Pike before heading towards Charlesworth and home on the trails.

Taking a breather with the Keep Pedalling gang
Taking a breather with the Keep Pedalling gang
Heading to Hayfield
Heading to Hayfield
On the Snake Path
On the Snake Path
Near Mount Famine
Near Mount Famine
At the top of Winnats Pass
At the top of Winnats Pass
Sett Valley Cafe welcomes cyclists, even muddy ones!
Sett Valley Cafe welcomes cyclists, even muddy ones
Breakfast at the Sett Valley Cafe in Birch Vale
Breakfast at the Sett Valley Cafe in Birch Vale
Great trails home
Great trails home
Time for a well-deserved clean
Time for a well-deserved clean
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6 thoughts on “ECR miles

  1. What front rack is that? What is The weight capacity and are you happy with it? I have a 907 fat and my wife has a Surly Ogre. I’m VERY keen on an ECR!!!

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