According to the sign at Mansfield Bridge there purports to be a ‘walk’ to the 1000ft summit from the west; according to my OS map there is some concurrence – a singletrack/pathway.
This was the third consecutive trip out and I was intent on scaling Corlic Hill. I aimed at Mansfield Farm and up into the forest edging Gryffe Reservoirs 1 & 2.
Many falls ensued but my 60 quid Specialized Rain Cape survived – priorities!
Time away from my family is always a concern; the balance between ‘me time’ and being a responsible fatherand husband is one I tread (or pedal) lightly.
Time was approaching 5. I had removed the light but was still confident that I would still make it home in the light. From Corlic Hill it was downhill, I could see both reservoirs … all that would impinge on my return route was to be hidden burns and tributaries beneath pockets of rushes.
I braved the sharp descent – enjoying despite slight worries that I could not discern the exit path – and took many a tumble thanks to my SPD cleats.
Sitting here, the day after, I still ache – the ‘good ache’ – knowing I’ve had at least 60k in the saddle the past three days, and consumed as much free air into the bargain.