Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Peak District impressions

Posted by Matt | August 12, 2008 | 4 comments so far

So I’m back from my week of, as Rob describes it, ‘viewing historic attractions’ in the Peak District. Not a bad place to visit — it was my first time — but for me it’s a case of unfinished business as regards riding.

All week I had the same view from the passenger seat of the car, steep craggy hills with lots of potential for mountain biking fun and physical hard work. As I’ve said before, Mark might feel he got off lightly but I’d like to return with my bike when I’m well and give the place a try.

The family (we visited with my wife’s sister and in-laws) did get some riding in on a couple of occasions on the extensive network of disused railway lines in the area, both times resulting in some rider damage.

First, Mark’s daughter face planted on a cinder path, thankfully with no more than the odd scrape as she tried to keep up with the pace of the adults and got a wobble on. Then my son, towed by Mark got his hand bashed against a post as Mark tried to negotiate it, forgetting that the tagalong doesn’t go round those things so easily. Again, fortunately without serious injury although when he arrived back at the car park my sons hand looked like it had been pulverised (I know Mark felt terrible about it).

All of which, in conjunction with my injury, has prompted my son to say recently that when he grows up he doesn’t think he’ll bother riding a bike! Hopefully he’ll come round…

Filed under Lifestyle, Mutterings in August 2008


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. mike61 says:

    Know exactly what you mean ref spotting potential trails – I even check out the rock piles in garden centres while my other half fusses. I think its called an addiction.

  2. Rob says:

    Does anyone else get their “imaginary riser bars” out whilst walking down a path/trail with the Mrs, explaining how this would be a great place to ride !!?…….. Or is it just me ?

  3. Colin says:

    Yeah I’ll put my hand up to that one too Rob.

    In fact, since my hols getting me out of the swing, its about as close as I’ve got to riding in the last month. Much like you guys, but you’ve got injuries as your excuses.

    Hope your house wasn’t burgled whilst you were away Matt, I was a bit worried by you advertising the fact on the web!

  4. Matt says:

    House was fine thanks Colin, you’ve obviously got a more criminal mind than I have — it never occured to me!

    My ‘mtb-scouting’ problem is getting out of hand, even watching the telly last night there was a bit about tree farming in the Scottish Highlands and I’m thinking ‘hey, great riding!’

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