Buckden and the foot of Park Rash

In the end, I did a nice steady 60 miles on Christmas Day. It was a rare December day, when the weather was as good as it gets. The early morning sun made the Wharfe Valley look very attractive. It was a steady ride up the dale, with frequent stops to take photos.


Burnsall bridge


After two hours, I got to the foot of Park Rash. I was in two minds whether to climb up to the top. There may have been a good view from top, but after 50 metres, I did a u-turn. – I got some great presents, but all I really wanted for Christmas was a compact chainset. The 39*25 is too high for this time of the year.

Park Rash

Park Rash looming in the distance- not often I do a u-turn at the bottom of a climb.

If I had strained every sinew in the body I could have hauled the winter tank up to the top. But, I didn’t feel like it. It turns out you don’t have to start training for October hill climbs the previous December.

I went as far as Buckden and then, with a tailwind behind me, I picked up the pace for the return leg. I came across another rider, Matt from Baildon. Matt had started even earlier and had been as far as the top of Fleet Moss – impressive for Christmas Day and also proving – there’s always someone who will have done more training than you. But, the sight of a fellow cyclists, seemed to galvanise me into cycling a bit faster . With the wind behind you, it can be a great ride down the valley from Buckden to Burnsall and to Ilkley. There were only a few cars on the road, and the valley flew by.

60 miles and four hours. So no epic training ride, like the vainglorious promises of a few days ago. But, it was a pretty good ride, and back just in time for Christmas dinner.

Photos from Yorkshire Dales


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Burnsall signposted.


North of Barden Tower, Wharfe Valley



The river Wharfe


The road from Grassington towards Kettlewell.




The climb from Bursnall


Looking back towards Burnsall









Bolton Abbey




7 Responses to Buckden and the foot of Park Rash

  1. eatmorelard December 26, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    Ah, Park Rash. Happy memories… I love the fact that the little knee popper out of Kettlewell isn’t even part of the climb!

  2. Bob Ross December 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    Nice set of pictures. Brings back memories! Used to know the area pretty well 60 years ago.
    I must say the road surfaces were much better then! Many less vehicles on them.
    Now in Arizona, still riding a lot.
    Comment on the costs….. at that time, I could build a full road racing bike, 10 speed & tubulars for less than 40 pounds. Even in the late 70’s, in California, I imported a Holdsworth, full Campy Record for $300!
    Although I don’t always agree with your practices, I have enjoyed your blog for a long time. Keep up the good work.

  3. georgie December 27, 2014 at 12:15 am #

    Lovely photos. Looked so quiet out there – roads around here were rammed but then I was heading into civilisation and not out onto the hills.

  4. pj December 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    lovely pictures. blissful.

  5. Simon Bromfield December 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    Nice piece Tejvan,

    I feel I was almost there wonderful photo’s. We’ve had a good cycling winter (so far) here in the Surrey with very little rain a a few cold spells plenty of dry roads. I’m hoping to cycle in the Pennines Chapel Fell and the Hartside in a loop in April (whether permitting)

    Happy New Year to you.


  6. Andrew January 2, 2015 at 2:59 am #

    Amazing pictures. lovely walls and river. Well done for training on Christmas day!


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