It’s always nice when someone shows you their local trails.

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And it’s always nice to show someone your local trails.

But which is best?  There’s only one way to find out!  Fight!

I digress.  The Sleeve brought his chum round on Saturday and there’s only one place to drag him – up the hill!

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It’s always a good starter for ten.  Plus the descent can be fun.

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Indeed, almost as good as the chewed up climb on the other side of the valley.

It’s not easy, a tricky combination of loose rocks, mud and roots, guaranteed to test your strength and balance.

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We take the obvious line up to Valley View Farm.  There used to be a cafe here, for ramblers and cyclists, in a mobile home at the side of the track.  Sadly, the coucil closed it down and removed the caravan, describing it as an eyesore.  It’s a shame as I could manage a cappuccino about now.

One of the few bits of forestry singletrack next.

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It makes a change from the regular diet of rocks and mud – roots and mud!

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Its not a bad way to spend the morning.  Even had some sunshine.

And the verdict from the new kid?

I didn’t ask – the smile on his face gave it away!