Three of us met at Staveley Mill Yard on a dank, drizzly, grey day. I arrived first and was quick to grab myself a coffee from More Bakery and pick my new favourite trail snack, the mighty Scotch egg. The lads and Sky the trail dog arrived within minutes and after quite a bit of ‘faffing’ we loaded the three bikes onto the truck and headed up the valley to start the ride.
Our mission was to ride over to Longsleddale, ascend Gatesgarth & Harter Fell and onto Nan Beild for the classic zig zag descent back to Kentmere. We had no idea what was ahead of us.