Rather than going up to Hamsterley today, I went along to one of the local guided rides put on by the council. We rode most of the Salters Circular route, apart from Wildgoose Lane which is completely overgrown. Darlo Council have reported this to Durham Council, so it will hopefully be sorted out soon.
We rode slower than I usually would, as there were a couple of beginners in the group of 10, but it was a pleasant ride with nice people. We went on one track I've not used before, and in the opposite direction to some of the routes I usually use.
Distance: 11 miles
Surface: Mainly off-road
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Warm but wet