New wheels and old favourites

A favourite ride but one I have always completed earlier in the year - it is a place I always associate with the warm sun and cold air of spring, the sounds of curlew and lapwing and the chill of dusk on the last, fast descent to Horton in Ribblesdale. It felt a little strange then to be here near the end of July - the lapwing remain, yet the breeding season has finished and with it their distinctive calls and aerobatics. Summer is marching on, yet the tracks are only just dry...
Approaching the summit of Horse Head Moor - a climb of 350m in 1.5km, Pen-y-ghent the obvious summit on the skyline - our starting point lost in the dales beyond.
The descent from Horse Head is perhaps the highlight of the route - steep and increasingly fast until the stony singletrack gives ways to grass and even faster, easier angled slopes which lead down to Yockenthwaite.
The route - which includes another great descent, Dawson Close - is around 36km and seemed a fitting ride with which to christen the new bike - the last having been stolen some weeks ago.
All in all, classic mountain biking and a beautiful day in the Dales.