Rode up to Hamsterley to join a group ride with some HTB members who'd been camping there the night before.
A massive group of four of use set out at 10:30 on Saturday morning - myself, Andy, Dave and Karen. We rode at a 'sociable' pace it the first bit of the black, then down G***** O** (not sure how public this trail is) before Dave and Karen went to the skills loop and Andy and I followed the Black to the ford and then along to the Grove, where I had a cup of tea and Andy went back to bed to sleep off Friday night's excesses.
I did 50 miles with 2664 feet of climbing on the road, plus 720' of climbing over about 5 miles on the group ride.
Distance: 55 miles
Climbing: 4444 feet
Surface: On- and off-road
Time: 2 + 2 + 2 hours, plus breaks
Weather: warm and dry!
Bike: Solitude Singlespeed (34:18, with 2.2″ tyres)