Coast to Coast Route

Coast to Coast Route
140 miles of up and down

Monday, 21 May 2012

Day 3 lunch - Rookhope

No phone coverage again.
A beautiful sunny morning despite the forecast saying it would be cloudy.
The climb out of Alston was hard work and slow.  It took us quite a while to reach Nenthead a mere 4 miles away.
After that Alexander found some energy from somewhere and we made good progress up to the top of Black Hill, the highest point on the national cycle network at 609m.
The supported group caught us up a little after Nenthead.  One of the ladies is 74 and is doing it on a Brompton folding bike.  We chatted to them for a while at the top of Black Hill.
Alexander's camera continues to cause interest.  A couple of the group donated to the Blind Dogs. Their ride leader, Peter, used to do tandem rides for the partially sighted.
A good descent then another steepish up, then a long down into Allenheads where we had hoped to get an early lunch, but the cafe was closed and no signs as to when it would be open, so we abandoned and walked/cycled up the hill out of Allenheads and then coasted about 5 miles down to Rookhope where we are having lunch in the pub.  One more big, steep hill to go.

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