Just three set off on the long ride today, destination Park Rash – the hardest climb in the Dales. Andy Ack joined us as far as Grassington and re-fuelling at Cobblestones, then returned home (lightweight in all senses!).
The original three headed gently up the valley to Kettlewell with varying degrees of foreboding for the hard work ahead. Onto Cam Gill Road and the first ramp was quickly despatched. The second was tough, as always. On sight of the third ramp up to the top, Tall Tim, a Park Rash virgin, let loose a colourful commentary, but he dug in and negotiated the final section successfully. Well done Tim, and without ever getting out of the saddle!
Coverdale was a bit misty, but enlivened by an encounter with the resident Heeland Coos.
Thereafter the going was a little easier, via East Witton, Masham, Grewelthorpe and Ripon, aided by a tail wind, eventually arriving home a bit after 5pm after 83 tiring miles. RichardL.
Medium Plus Ride, James’ Group
Dominated by unusual weather the skies looked grey and overcast, the snowploughs and earth movers were on standby in case of abandonment on Askwith Bank. Ten of us set of with high hopes the cycle ride would not be cancelled. Chris and Mike assigned as back markers as a few of us had various fitness issues and I wanted to make sure no one was left behind. John, Colin, Kate, Richard, Steve W, Corinne and Sarah joined my peloton. A ride to Beckwithshaw and on to Stainburn. Along the route to Fewston, Mike had a police car up his backside, I thought he might get pulled over but with a friendly wave he let them pass. Arriving at Fewston, Sarah carried on as we waited for Colin and Mike who had disappeared. A quick phone call no reply, I sent everyone on as we had the long climb up. Mike had hit glass on the road and had a puncture, Colin stayed to assist. Reaching Timble we all regrouped and climbed up Askwith Bank and then down to Weston. At Cockpit farm Steve and John carried on, Sarah was already seated as we joined her. After delicious refreshments onwards to Otley and a steep climb up to Farnley. A very posh horsebox with a woman with a very loud voice shouting at us ‘ I got 12 hands in here, let me pass’ whatever that meant!. The group had been disciplined and left gaps, but going up a steep hill at various paces with tight bends it was impossible to get out of her way, most of us managed to pull in to let her pass. This confused me where I was on the hill and told Richard we were turning right on a steep bend which brought him to a halt. Mike and Chris were on the right track and we regrouped ready for the gated road to Stainburn Forest. A quick look to see the newts, only a frog in the pond, plus orchids. Onward through the rough stony track and right back into Harrogate, where each went different ways home. Good laughs, short but hilly ride of 30 miles. Liz F.
No takers for the bridlepath ride from Pateley today.
I have done most of that ride recently, so instead of repeating it I went checking out some other tracks, with good results.
The track from Scar House over to Horsehouse in Coverdale has been impassable from time to time, but its been repaired. This opens up some Coverdale circuits to us. I also rode the track which starts at Scar House dam and climbs to follow the ridge above Upper Nidderdale to join the Lofthouse/Masham road….all good.
A few random photographs; Scar House reservoir from the abandoned settlement and from the high track, and a shooters refuge got up to look like a chapel. Colin