The Borders of the Borderlands
Olly thinks we’re overlooking a great trail network, and the perfect remote brew spot.
Words & Photography Olly Townsend
Premier members can view an enhanced version of this feature complete with downloadable files (GPX & OS Map) plus gallery of extra images. Membership plans start from just £1.99. Click here to learn more.
In association with Rooms on Tap – Boutique Pubs With Rooms
“I ground the beans fresh this morning,” said Kevin, opening a small ziplock bag and pouring a carefully measured dose into his portable cafetière and setting it on top of his gas stove. A backlit jet of steam was rising vertically from Clive’s stove, signalling that his lunchtime brew was almost ready. Dom, over in the corner near the window, had set out his tea making apparatus neatly on a small table and was busy brewing up his perfect cuppa too.
It’s often said that you can judge a mountain biker by the type of bike they’re riding, or their choice of clothing or even what kind of helmet they’re wearing. But I think you can make a more informed opinion of your riding buddies by looking at what they’ve chosen to bring in their packs to make the lunch stop better. The fact that three of my group had decided to pack stoves and a brew kit with them said a lot about their attitude to riding – make it as fun, sociable and civilised as you can!
Premier members only past this point
Join us by picking one of the membership options below to access this and thousands of other articles.
Join Us – Become a Singletrack member
If you like what we do – if you like our independence then the best way to support us is by joining us. Every penny of your membership goes back into Singletrack to pay the bills and the wages of the people who work here. No shareholders to pay, just the people who create the content you love to read and watch.