Wednesday, 9 January 2013
Biggar.Western Pentlands Bike Run.
Biggar, seen above is one of my favourite small towns. There's a lot more to it than you think with lovely walks and a collection of moderately priced museums. This is the old bridge on the west side of town. The type of urban landscape rural English villages have in abundance but Its as scare as chocolate fireguards up in these parts. No village pond but you could sneak Biggar into Kent, the Cotswolds or Dorset and it wouldn't look out of place.
It was this that attracted me as I hadn't cycled the minor yellow roads to the north of Biggar for over ten years but I remembered them as being special and unique .
OS Map 72. Upper Clyde Valley. Just follow the yellow brick road.
As you can see here its a network of quiet highways that takes you into some superb cycling country with huge skies and flat plains one minute, mountains the next.
It was a warm lazy hazy day in October. Frost in the mornings high up but hot sunny afternoons in the valleys.
It felt like a lush fertile garden of Eden and there have been precious few outings I 've had those feelings this year with all the rain and chilly conditions summer long.
A great year for slugs and snails...not so terrific for everything else.
A blast of modern blues now by a young man with an old soul. Cracking band playing up a storm.