Whether it was the weather, bank holiday or other reasons, there was only me, myself and I today for the short ride! There was only one item on the agenda. Whilst the wild garlic was still in bloom, the scent had gone but the main event of the day, bloomin’ beautiful, bountiful bluebells!
I hope Tim caught up with his riders to York as I briefly saw him at Starbeck level crossing ……..Sue
Medium Steady Ride
On a rather grey Spring morning, 8 of us embarked on a tour of Lower Nidderdale. Our first objective was to admire the Hollybank Woods bluebells, currently at their best. Then followed the Nidd to Darley where we started the climb up Walker Lane to join Sheepcote Lane. ( It should have been Sheepcote Lane from the bottom, but I was busy chatting and missed the turn! It turned out to be the better option!) Here, those of us with ‘buttons’ were full of admiration for those with leg power. Onwards to Thornthwaite and another stiff climb onto the Menwith ridge. Up here we met Paul T. who joined us for the remainder of the ride. We then enjoyed a meander through Kettlesing before swooping down to Hampsthwaite and Sophie’s. All in all, a beautiful ride for Spring in cheerful company. Good to meet 3 new riders, Connor, David and Jasmine. Thanks to Martin for back marking. Alison N.
Medium Plus Steady Ride
Initially, we were a group of five but this was reduced to four while leaving the car park and was down to three by the time we left Knaresborough. The ride was fairly straight forward heading out to York via Knaresborough, Aldwark and Beningbrough Hall. It was at Beningbrough that we stopped for refreshments. Although the service was relatively quick, for some reason when it came to paying we were confronted by a long queue. Heading towards York, near Shipton, we were diverted to a new section of cycle path, very wide and very smooth. On reaching York we found the cycle path from the centre to the Millennium Bridge was closed, and then after crossing the race course the cycle path was also closed. Despite the gloomy weather we had enjoyable day out and a respectable 55+ miles ride. PCJ