Friday, 6 April 2012

April snows...

Biked to the Pole today, remenants of the late snow still remained:

Tuesday, 3 April 2012


Grabbed a short bouldering session at Helman Tor on Bodmin Moor while attending a wedding down in Cornwall:

Saturday, 31 March 2012


Spent the weekend in Warwick celebrating my Mum's 60th.  Lovely sunny day on Sunday enjoyed both in Stratfford upon Avon, and then briefly at Stanage Apparant North!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Arran Weekend

Spent the weekend helping Reuben move from Matlock to Arran.  Treated to some nice views from the ferry:

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Pole again

Cycled to the Pole again today, vastly different conditions to a few weekends ago, very little wind even at the high point.  Nice light on arriving at the Redmires with broken dark cloud and sunshine.  Bit muddy after the overnight rain.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Dusseldorf Weekend

Visited Andy and Lisa in Dusseldorf for the weekend.  Arrived on Thursday evening, and  made use of the ICE trains and extensive U-bahn to get withing strolling distance of their flat.

On Friday I walked along a very pleasant and sunny river Rhein into the Old Town.  The river here is very wide with langouous bends,  carries a heavy traffic of long barges, and the views are backed by some moderate rising modern buildings, the distinctive Rhein tower, and several bridges.

 The old town has a cluster of interesting buildings including St Lamberts church, with a twisted spire; the area is criss-crossed by narrow, shop and cafe lined, pedestrian friendly alleys.  After a coffee, I walked into a park on the edge of the old town, to see a Henry Moore sculpture. I slowly returned via the river, and sat in the sun warmed park for a while.

In the evening we went out for dinner in a nearby Italian restauant where meals were cooked in front of you while you wait.  We then sampled some Fuchsen Alt in a bar.

After the trip to the bakery and breakfast, we biked north from the flat to Kaiserwerth, through pockets of  Dusseldorf Fortuna football fans getting read for a game.  Beyond the stadium and airport the scene rapidly becomes rural, as we followed a wide track set back from the river, in between fields and the occasional row of  deigner houses. 

Kasierwerth has a ruined castle on the banks of the Rhein, a large church, and a network of cobbled alleys, leading to its main drag and a small central sqaure.  Before resting we headed on a loop further north, then back on some roads to return to the square.  Here we lunched on traditional sausage soup.  After weathering a brief squall on the way back, we pased through the austere Nord park, including the "Great Reich Exhibition of the Productive People" a controversial series of statues. 

With just time to lock out bikes up we jumped on the U-Bahn to Konnigsallee, the designed outlet lined main street and canal. We walked south through town to the Rhein tower, which we ascended to get some slightly misty but impressive arial views.  Back on the deck we walked around the media harbour, famous for the Gehry buildings, built without a straightline in sight, and a artwork covered building featuring colourful climbers.

 After another walk around town we then visited the K20 art gallery, housed in an smoothlined modern building.  This houses a quality collection of 20th century art, including work by Picasso and Dali.  Finally we headed back to base, re-visiting to river side to see the now lit-up skyline, tired after a busy day.

On Sunday we took a slightly more relaxed pace, returning to Kaiserwerth on the U-bahn, where we did a loop of paths including in a section along the alternatingly shingle and sandy river-side.  We enjoyed a Apfeltorte sitting outside in the sun.  Finally in the afternoon we rode bike along the river side to the Rhein tower and back again, dodging pedestrians on the now busy front.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Stanage Pole

Biked out to Stanage Pole from home for the first time this year.  Was pretty windy on the last section, with the wind slightly angled, making it awkward to balance.  However out of the breeze it was very mild.  Trails are in great condition for February.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Quick bike ride

Biked out to the partly frozen Rivelin reservoir and back.  Had been planning to go further off road but the tracks were covered in a slippery ice slush!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

White Edge

Walked along White Edge this morning after a very hard frost.  Paths were very icy, better going on the moor, and patches of crunchy snow on either side.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Wintery Walks

Got out for a couple of strolls this weekend, the first a bracing circuit around the Damnflask reservoir:

And the today a walk up the Rivelin valley from home, enjoying the couple of inches of fresh snow:

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Some biking

After three weeks of rest, ice compression then physio I am back able to do some exercise!

On Saturday I biked the Monsal trail from Bakewell as far as Millers Dale station.  Good fun going through the tunnels, and you now can get a great view to Ravens Tor from a brief gap between two of them.  Was a very bright cold day, with a fair covering of snow over towards Edale.

Today I biked around the Ladybower, more overcast day today, but still nice to be out. Some pictures below:

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Busted knee

Headed down to Pleasley Vale, after getting warmed up on a lap of the traverse, and repeating some up problems, managed to badly twist my knee ligaments spinning off from "Bulge Left" a steep 6c...very painful hobble and drive back to Sheffield, glad I had some ibuprofen packed!