MVH Summer Training Weekend

Following on from fantastic trips to Bala over the last 2 years, the MVH convoy is heading to Yorkshire this July.

This is great training but also an enjoyable social event. Haworth and Hebden Bridge are great tourist spots and the surrounding countryside makes it ideal for WAGs, family or friends to join you for the weekend (as long as they don’t mind losing you – or joining you – as you clock up the training hours!)

If you haven’t yet signed up……what are you waiting for?

Date: 15th – 17th July

Location: Haworth, West Yorkshire

Accommodation: Old White Lion Hotel. To book your room you will need to phone the hotel on 01535 642313 and state you are with MVH as they have reserved all rooms for us, and have therefore disabled online booking.

As of start of March, there are just 5 rooms remaining (a twin, 3 doubles and a double+1 room). So give them a call and book in.

Provisional Itinerary

Friday – Meet for drinks in Old White Lion Hotel.

Saturday – Bike – Swim – Run

Bike – 40 miles of undulating terrain in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The route will include a cobbled hill climb (*hums Hovis theme*), a moorland pass (*crosses fingers for tail wind*), flat-caps and whippets. A challenging but spectacular route. Here is the route ready to upload to your device

Lunch back in Haworth.

Swim – A 30 minute drive over to Gaddings Dam. Parking up at the Shepherd’s Rest Inn out in the Moorland. The dam is a 20 minute walk/scramble(!) from the pub upwards onto the Moor. It is well worth the effort. A sandy beach entry and clean, clear water. It is obvious why this location is a regular “Wild Swimming” favourite and a weekly training spot for the local Calderdale Tri Club. We cannot provide a safety boat at this location but a buddy system & safety buoys will be offered to any newer or nervous swimmers. The water is shallow to the edges and a circuit ensuring you are close to a standing depth is possible, as below.

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Run – Heading out immediately after the swim from Gadding’s Dam. As the Dam is already on the high land, the route will be surprisingly flat* across the Moorland to one of the reservoirs positioned high above the local towns.

*(disclaimer: its all relative!)

Saturday night. A group meal followed by drinks in Haworth.


Sunday – TBC on discussion with those coming. Another ride? (Cragg Vale, the longest continuous climb in England ridden on the Tour de France is nearby). More swimming at the Dam? A fell run (or walk)?