I never fancy going out when it’s cold.

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I was toasty on the climb up to the tower, but once on the top you could feel the chill in the air.

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But there are some advantages on a cold day. The ground is hard.

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In fact, it’s as hard as rock.  I usually avoid this section over the winter. But today it’s fantastic.

Even the stiff climb up Harcles Hill looks feasible – but not by us today!

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Too much Xmas pudding!

On the top the riding is the best. Ruts are frozen, puddles solid, peat like stone. Perfect!

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It continues all the way up to the trig point on Bull Hill.

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I’m enjoying this – I wish it could be like this all the time!

The descent is fast. A bit jumpy, a bit swoopy, and then a mad grab at the brakes when I see a pool of ice in front.

That’s a downside of the cold weather – ice.  It’s a bugger.

But before long we’re at the Ellen Strange memorial, and heading back to Pilgrim’s Cross.

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I’m hallucinating capuccino now – it’s time to get home. Down to Moor Bottom Lane and off the hill.

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So next time you look outside and think – “Jeez, it’s a bit cold!” – make the effort.

The payback is superb!

And if you’re interested where we went, here you go:

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