I went up to Kielder yesterday as it looked like the only place in the North East that would have sun. Set off at about 2 from the car park and rode deadwater. Didn't see a soul apart from the 4 lost looking Polish riders staring in bewilderment at the old fire road up to the beacon.
So my question is this: where was everyone, weather was glorious, little to no wind, no midges, dusty dry trails in great condition, What's going on? Everyone watching Le Tour, the golfists mincing around Scotland or The Ashes? I like empty trails, but to find myself totally alone in a great trail centre at the end of one of the best weather weeks for years was a little bewildering.