With the UK sitting under a generous helping of snow, I took the opportunity to steal away for a few hours on Sunday and head out into the frozen monochrome hinterland of North Notts on my Whyte 901 to find some fresh unspoilt deep snow drifts to ride through. A less successful venture earlier in the week had led me down to Woodborough and resulted in some rather ungraceful sliding and slipping about, spinning my back wheel through some slushy fields and having to get off and push. Unrepentant, I headed for firmer ground amongst the trees and carved a hefty loop heading north out of Nottingham incorporating tracks and trails that passed through Bestwood, Papplewick, Newstead Abbey, Blidworth Woods and Calverton, all in all about 4 hours riding through wintry woodland singletrack and bridleways. Fingers and toes lost and regained feeling and there was a satisfying crumpling crunching sound of tyres moving over fresh snow, aside from a few dog walkers there was nobody out. Less satisfying was riding up to the cafe where I’d hoped to get a good cup of coffee and seeing a hand written note that said that it was closed due to bad weather. Comfort was found in a petrol station near Ravenshead where £2 saw me right for Monster Munch, a slice of coffee cake and some weird chewy bars.