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1 Nov 2020 1:37PM
Looks a very rough place to ride. Beautiful scenery.
1 Nov 2020 5:15PM
I am glad you have posted this. I am hoping to visit Swaledale in 2021 should circumstances allow it. I am wondering whether the derelict building and bridge are remnants from the days when there was mining in the area years ago. The wildness is really captivating. The shot has been composed well because it shows us where the cyclist in aiming to go. David
terra 14 613 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2020 6:34PM
The derelict buildings are indeed remnants of mining industry, the whole valley of Swaledale is scattered with ruined buildings and the hillsides are scarred from "hush mining", an ancient way of exposing rock. Large reservoirs were constructed on the top of the hills, when fulll sluice gates would be opened, channelling thousands of gallons of water down the hill, sloughing off the soil and exposing the ore-bearing rock.
Nigel_NZ 15 26 2 New Zealand
2 Nov 2020 4:29AM
I can recommend a pint of Timothy Taylors Landlord bitter at the Punchbowl inn, how would I know this info? And how was the riding?
terra 14 613 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2020 9:59AM
Nigel_NZ The riding was wet, the trails were rivulets, funnelling water down into the river. The route is only around 14 miles long but has 2,500 feet (760m) of ascent in it's short distance.

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