Okay, folks, it is time to start the thread for the annual Yorkshire Dales summer forum ride so you can pencil the date in your diaries and make sure that you don't miss out on this spectacular ride which will take place on Saturday, 7th July, 2018. As always, it is a @Sea of vapours / ColinJ co-production. SoV comes up with route suggestions and I take a look and give my reactions. I didn't take much persuading to go with his first choice of route this year ... The rides usually start and finish in Settle but we are going to start it from Ribblehead/Dent this year and finish at Ribblehead. That lets us go to parts of the Dales that we haven't covered yet and avoid some roads that we have done several times over the past 6 or 7 years. The full 112 km (70 mile) (Ribblehead to Ribblehead) route is VERY hilly - a total of about 2,000 m (6,600 ft) of climbing, some of which is on VERY steep roads. So - not a route for beginners or ascent/descent-phobic riders! I would prefer it that you had ridden a route like this before because if you were to conk out exhausted halfway round you would be looking at a 30+ mile taxi ride back to the start, or we would be nursing you back in the dark and last trains would be missed! Don't worry about speed though - if you have done similar rides in the past, you should be well capable of riding at my speed - I am normally the slowest rider. I have just done a quick calculation based on train times and we would only have to average a minimum speed of 12 kph (7.5 mph) including any stops. (There will be just one official stop, at the Tan Hill Tavern, but I will definitely be diving behind the odd dry stone wall en route ... ) Ribblehead and Dent*** are on the lovely Settle-Carlisle railway line so you can come in by train, drive up there, or ride up from somewhere else, as SoV will be doing. Exact start times and locations depend on whether any riders come in by train, and if so, what the new (as yet unpublished) railway timetable is. If I were to come by train I would already have ridden for over an hour an a half to catch my train at Keighley so I would skive and alight at Dent station, one stop beyond Ribblehead. That would save me some distance and the stiff climb up to Dent station. In that scenario, it would be better for all riders coming by train to also alight at Dent. Dent to Ribblehead by SoV's scenic route is still a fine metric century ride. SoV would pick up anyone who drove or rode up to Ribblehead and ride up to Dent station to meet me and any other arrivals by rail. I will provide lots more information over the coming weeks, but for now just post below if you would like to join us ... Riders: ColinJ Sea of vapours *** Dent station is (clearly) on the railway line but Dent village certainly is NOT. I'm sure that many ill-informed holidaymakers must have got a horrible shock when they got off the their train only to be faced with a 4.5 mile trudge to their accommodation. Even worse going back up the hill after their stay!