D2CW cycle tour – Day 5

Thornsett to Gargrave

Today route takes us from the isolated splendour of the High Peak to Gargrave, at the foot of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Rather than climb up on to the top of the scenic, but punishing Pennine Hills we cut through the valleys – although this is still scenic in many parts. (Description based on route notes from Peak Tours).

Route from Thornsett to Gargrave (74 miles):

Gargrave to Penrith route map

A shorter day – thankfully(!) as it was cold and one for the waterproofs along with the cycling overshoes. Having said that, despite the clouds and the light mist, it didn’t really rain until last 10 miles and then it was only a constant drizzle. We set out from Thornsett, skirted east Manchester (Charlesworth, Broadbottom, Stalybridge, Delph), then east of Rochdale, before passing through several villages (Littleborough, Todmorden & Cliviger). The last stretch was up past the east of Burnley, through Colne, then Barnoldswick, and onwards to our day’s destination of Gargrave.
Overall I have now done over 380 miles, total ascent climbed is over 4 miles, and I have averaged 14 miles an hour.  Not too bad really!

It was not a great day for photographs but here are three videos:
Along the side of Hollingworth Lake Country Park with Fraser

Cycling through Todmorden with Fraser

Along part of the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath near Barnoldswick

Next: Day 6 – Gargrave to Penrith

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