Hi all,here's a report from yesterdays ride over here in Northwest England. I'm on holiday at home for a fortnight doing the house up,I should have been fitting a kitchen but as the sun was shining the kitchen fitting can wait a couple of days(when the sun shines here you've got to make the most of it)! One of my mates & me did a ride from West Lancashire into the Yorkshire Dales. Here's how it went. We set of down some of the local lanes Thats Jamie on his 750 Tenere You can tell we've had a few dry days,the puddles are empty.. We cut up into an area called the Forest of Bowland,going through the local villages Here's Jamies bike And here's my thumper Here's one of the local churches We kept to the quiet lanes,once you got out of the small villages the roads are narrow with very little traffic. When you get into the countryside we have "cattle grids" to stop the livestock travelling to far,they do'nt provide the greatest traction when it's wet & your banked over This one looked quite new There's a warning sign before you get to the cattle grids,I do'nt think this ones had much paint recently We went across the tops through Ingleton & up to Ribblehead,it's famous for it's viaduct Quite a few people were killed building Ribblehead,the wind is so strong they were blown off it We fuelled up at Hawes and rode over the Buttertubs pass,they keep the signs cleaner over here! The camera does'nt do it justice but you really do'nt want to bounce down there Jamie weighing up the drop We looped around & went up the steepest hill of the day 25%,glad I was'nt on my pushbike:eek1 The farmer was out cutting hay in the meadow,it's really steep but you can see the top of the tractor next to the bush bottom right. After a couple of miles the road was blocked We turned the bikes off & waited for the farmers to go by with their flock,sheep dogs &quad bikes. After returning to Hawes we headed to Sedburgh,we were in a group with 4 German & one swiss rider,then after turning off at Sedburgh two Swiss riders on Ducati monsters went by,then a few more German plated bikes.I also noticed cars with Dutch,French &Spanish plates on them,so I guess this part of England is popular with our continental cousins, well they've had good weather this week so I hope they enjoyed their holidays. When we got to Kirkby Lonsdale we split,Jamie headed home & I went for a brew(that's a cup of tea) at the local bikers meeting place.This place is called Devils Bridge,it's a bridge over the river Lune and if it's your kind of thing you can jump into the river from the bridge here,I had a brew & chat with some of the motorcyclists instead.. You get all types of riders & machines and even though it was a mid-week day there were sports bikes,cruisers,UJM'S & my xt600. I'll finish posting tomorrow things to do..