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Along England’s Backbone

Eleven CTC members accompanied Mark Waters on a CTC tour along the Pennine Cycleway this summer.
Canal towpath sections enable you to miss out some hard climbs by road.

The Pennine Cycleway runs for 355 miles along the spine of England, from Derby to Berwick-upon-Tweed on the Scottish border. Sustrans founder John Grimshaw calls it ‘the best National Cycle Network route of the lot’. That it’s hilly goes without saying, and it was the water draining off these hills that provided the power that made England the manufacturing capital of the world a couple of centuries ago. The signs of that industrial heritage are still there, particularly in the South Pennines.

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