Short Ride

A month into spring and those wan winter knees are still hidden in their trousers. Sixteen secluded knees headed off but soon two were lost as Postman Paul shot off after a couple of women, never to be seen again even though Sue T went ahead to search for him.
No matter, the rest of us headed for the £4.25 coffee n cake special at the Harrogate Garden Centre.  Alas, it was not to be. It must only have been a winter offering. Back via Markington, Ripley and the Greenway to clock up 25 miles.  Paul B

Medium Ride

Monica had plenty of takers for the ride up to Pateley. Four of us set off on the route, turning off Duck Street at Love Lane to keep to the quieter roads. There we ambled up and down towards Heyshaw dropping down to Padside, Dacre top, Darley and Sophie’s where we met Malcolm for lunch.
We took in the bluebells at Hollybank Woods on the way back and met up with one of the groups coming back from How Stein.
Another excellent 38 mile Wheel Easy spring day.  Gia

Medium -PCJ Ride

No shortage of takers for today’s medium ride out to Pateley Bridge so we divided into at least four groups of varying speed. Peter J didn’t step back fast enough so he led our merry group of six, comprising Himself, Jill, Mike W, Phil, Roger and Me.  

Although it is “only” 30 miles, they are challenging miles through delightful countryside, still with lots of little lambs in all the fields and fabulous views over wild moorland above Pateley Bridge. P Bridge was bursting at the seams with motorbikes, all swarming round Wildings so we moved across the road to The Pancake Café. This is a very pleasant café and everything looked nice. Unfortunately they got my order spectacularly wrong and my eggs on sourdough toast with smoked salmon looked a lot like a giant pancake full of gloopy mayonnaise and the aforementioned smoked salmon. I should have made a fuss but ate it anyway but when I mentioned the problem at the till they apologised profusely and waived the charge (even for my nice coffee). That seemed more than reasonable so I wouldn’t hesitate to go there again – and order something else!  

Meanwhile, whilst eating, chatting and laughing, Peter’s front inner tube had been slowly and quietly deflating itself so a lightning roadside repair was undertaken by Mike W and Peter J before we heaved ourselves back on the bikes, back to Bewerley and a fair few hills via Glasshouses, Wilsill, Brimham, Burnt Yates, Clint and Ripley. Holly Bank Woods and the Greenway were full of exquisite luminous blue Bluebells. A lovely end to a splendid day. Roger declared it the best ride he had ever done with Wheel Easy and Jill was delighted to have done an out and return to Pateley for the first time. Just goes to show how electric bikes open up a whole new more distant world. Helen T 

Medium – Steady Ride

A lovely sunny, if rather chilly morning to start with, for a ride to Pateley. It was a new adventure for Christine, Diane and Chris and so with old hands Alison, Liz F, Liz P and me, we set off towards Hampsthwaite and the ever delightful lanes around Kettlesing. We had soon warmed up after the climbing, and jackets came off as we sped onwards to Duck Street and Padside and the climb up to the top of Yorkes Folly. After the steep descent we enjoyed an excellent stop at Wildings. The climb up to Brimham via Smelthouses awaited and that accomplished, it was nice to know that it was mostly descent from there onto Clint and Hollybank woods. The bluebells were an absolute delight to behold and a fitting end to a lovely scenic ride.

37 miles and 3,300 feet of climbing recorded on my Garmin. Monica 

   

Medium Plus Steady

Glorious weather for a glorious ride up Hebden Bank & How Hill to pretty Aldfield keeping a steady pace through beautiful landscape from Low Grantley up to Dallow Gill Moor where packs of motorcyclists were having a noisier day out.  Then round Devil’s Elbow when he wasn’t looking to descend Silver Hill to test the brakes down to Wath.  Quick sit down to admire the view of Gouthwaite Reservoir which seems oddly low despite the monsoon season lately.  Onwards and upwards to How Stean Gorge for a nice pause-café, where we met the brisker group before we headed back by Pateley, Glasshouses, Summer is a commin’ bridge, over the toll bridge up to Birstwith, up to Clint and the most beautiful display of bluebells in Hollybank Woods !  Debbie made a welcome season return with 53.33 miles & 3,530ft ! After Tim2 & I delivered Debbie back to the Showground we extended the ride to Rudding Park & Pannal, making the most of the much-missed sunshine.  64.74 miles & 4,271 ft for me but more for Tim !  Grand day out ! Yvonne D.

 

Medium Plus Brisk

What a joy to see so many of the Wheel Easy family out on the roads on a rare sunny day that provided some magnificent views across Nidderdale (and Dallow Moor) as we completed Route 238. First it was the Medium Plus group who joined us at How Stean café (where alas the cat Shadow is not with us anymore) before we bumped into the rearguard of the Medium Steady group exiting Pateley Bridge. Round the corner at Bewerley there were more cyclists than you could shake a stick at. Mike Wills joined us on the climb up through Glasshouses before we went down the main road and across the toll bridge. Lastly we exchanged greetings with Gia & Malcolm on the final leg along The Greenway. Throughout the ride T1’s bike made all sorts of sounds & noises but thankfully bike & rider made it home. 54 miles. Young Tim