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Tandem through the Dales to Hadrian’s Wall


WRITTEN BY PHILIP AND HELEN MUIR


You must never discount late season for a tour and we were so glad we picked a late October break for a tandem trip through the Dales to Northumberland. The weather forecast was generally dry with plenty of sunshine and the prospect of a multi coloured autumn landscape was a real draw. And so we found ourselves at our starting point near Gargrave in JD Tandem’s Country our two rear panniers attached to


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our Santana Team Scandium for a short one way tour.


A late October Thursday morning in Wharfedale is a delight on a tandem as it is literally just the two of you and some sheep, the polar opposite to the recent Grande Depart and its crowds. Even with low cloud the Dales landscape is somewhat magical and sharing it with your best buddy on your tandem is rather cosy. Kettlewell seemed


asleep on this morning and the cafes at Buckden were closed and so we climbed out of Wharfedale over Langsrothdale Chase on an empty tank but the gradient was steady and relatively easy, even with panniers.


The descent into Bishopdale quickly got us to Aysgarth where we pressed on to Askrigg further up Wensleydale. After refuelling in the highly recommended


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