Stanhope Common

On Friday I rode down to Darlington.  At this time of year, getting any bike out over any distance is a bonus.  Nearly all 97 miles of tarmac were filthy, the low sun shone permanently in my eyes riding south and it took nearly two hours to clean the bike when I got home.  It was all worth it.  Having taken the quick route when outward bound, on return I took the scenic roads through Wolsingham, Frosterley, Stanhope and Blanchland.  Riding across Stanhope Common, I was treated to these wonderful sights.  All taken within a few minutes of each other, the light was changing fast.  A few miles further on, I descended into the mist and damp of a very foggy afternoon – the price was worth paying:

Towards Burn Hope

A very muddy GS

Moon central with Sandyford quarry building in the distance

Towards Blanchland

More of the same


  1. sustainabilitea · January 16, 2022

    I’m glad you thought it was worth it because I love the shots!


    • northumbrianlight · January 16, 2022

      Very kind of you to say so, Janet – always exhilarating to be in the saddle and these scenes were the icing on the cake.

      • sustainabilitea · January 16, 2022

        I understand that. I feel like that when taking a trip or riding horseback.

  2. Valheru Rides! · January 16, 2022

    Looks great, some brilliant shots!

    • northumbrianlight · January 16, 2022

      Many thanks – getting a decent length ride out in January is always a bonus.

  3. Pit · January 16, 2022

    Gorgeous landscapes. “Towards Blanchland” could have been shot in the US, too.

    • northumbrianlight · January 17, 2022

      Thanks Pit – yes, these wide open spaces do have a feel of the US.

      • Pit · January 18, 2022


  4. Graham Stephen · January 17, 2022

    lovely wide open space


    • northumbrianlight · January 17, 2022

      Thanks Graham – always good to be up there (except when the weather is bad).

  5. Aviationtrails · January 18, 2022

    There something about wide open skies isn’t there – Just beautiful.

    • northumbrianlight · January 19, 2022

      Many thanks – there is a network of roads across these moors and, they are all fabulous to ride (except perhaps for the free-roaming sheep).

      • Aviationtrails · January 19, 2022

        They can be a bit of a nightmare can’t they!

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