From here it was new, once in the woods at Tockholes I sucessfully navigated out by a new route and then crossed the A675 and started heading up Great Hill. This was great practice as I had never been up here. So I took compass bearings even though it being a clear day I could see where I was going and tried using the contours on the map to work out exactly where I was. I really struggle with this as I just can't imagine things in 3-D, but its getting better. I had guessed from the map this would be a push/carry but I actually think that in the summer some of it would be rideable. There was a lot of frozen snow about which actually covered some of the boggy stuff up so you could walk on it. The last bit being the steepest meant Rig got carried, sometimes bikes are lazy!
Then it was down a big track towards Brinscall, before heading towards White Coppice. Here I went a slightly different way than I had planned, I was following my route card, but when I checked on the map I had taken a different path. No problems though I was able to work out where I was.
After that I was basically at Rivington so came back one of my usual ways. Failed to clear the school climb for the first time in ages, only because I managed to pull my foot out of my left cleat! Something else I need to sort, tighten my cleats! Coming back through Smithills I was riding across some ice but feeling confident, I had done a lot of ice riding already today, as I could see the end of it when I went flying. After a little bit of lying on the floor hurting the intial pain calmed down and I shuffled to the end of the ice dragging my bike. Back on and fortunately no more ice. Nothing seems too sore now, it hurt a lot when I went down though!
27.97miles @ 7.6mph