Short Away Day

The route might have been short but it is varied, accessible and interesting riding through quiet villages, climbing hills and gliding down hills. Mike, Mike Doug, Lesley, Richard and Yvonne extended the route by starting in different villages and we met in Easingwold for the 10 mile ride to the café at Ampleforth. here we were welcomed by monks, guides and employees who were all keen to chat to their visitors.
The staff in the tea room were welcoming, it is a good stop.
On to Byland Abbey and the lane through the archway to Oldstead and High Kilburn. After Coxwold and Newburgh Priory we met a couple from Wiltshire exploring Yorkshire on their bikes. After a warning about the muddy road we followed it anyway which as it is part of the Byways route was worth doing to stay away from any traffic, even though there was not much today. except getting out of Harrogate. This lovely lane leads back in to Easingwold where another coffee stop called. There was no official lunch stop on the route, but everyone agreed the landscapes and change of scene made up for this omission! And we did not get wet, the sun almost made an appearance. Gia

Brisk Away Day

Four of us did the medium plus brisk away day from East Witton, all somewhat fatigued from big mileage on foreign trips last week.  However, the weather behaved fairly well and the route was not too onerous, so all worked out quite well.

We worked our way up Coverdale, where bird life was plentiful, then down Park Rash to a coffee stop in Kettlewell.  Then over Kidstones Pass to Bishopdale, Thoralby and Aysgarth and on to Bainbridge for lunch.  The Corn Mill was a new café for all of us, but is a good find and recommended.

After lunch we wended our way along the north side of Wensleydale, up to Castle Bolton and its carved dragon, then along the gated ‘Redmire bypass’, where Tall Tim assumed shepherding duties to round up some delinquent lambs and return them to their field before we returned to East Witton via Wensley and Middleham.

52 miles, considerably less climbing than claimed by my computer, and all very scenic.


Drizzly weather greeted us for this mornings ride. We split into two groups and allowing enough time for the first group to get away we headed for Rudding. Very busy at the A658 but once over Paul B was waiting in Follifoot. Paul was uncertain about the weather and decided to ‘abort’ at Spofforth. At least you made the effort. As we turned for Little Ribston Sally caught us up to increase my group to six. We progressed quite quickly through Cowthorpe and into Tockwith where we paused to look at the memorial to the Sterling bomber that came down in WW2 killing crew and the local postmaster. Onto Marston Moor and the obligatory photo by the obelisk with the plus that the drizzle had stopped Through Long Marston and into Angram. We noted the ‘Road Ahead Closed’ signs but no indication of a diversion so we pushed on. The first group were ahead so we must be ok. No. The road was closed. We took to the grass verge to get through but were stopped by a member of the repair crew. Despite the best efforts of our negotiating team of Derek and Howard and the case being submitted for arbitration our request was rejected. We had to turn back. A local lady was asked for the best route to get to Askham Richard which resulted in us retracing our ride to Long Marston but then to Rufforth and pick up the Askham road. It added about five miles and delayed our refreshments. Derek was wasting away due to lack of food. We arrived at The Grange as the first group were leaving and wanted to know how they got through. There is no justice. What is the world coming to. The food at the café is excellent value and great quality and the staff were great with a bit of banter. Derek and Howard went for the full deal. Drink sandwich and cake for £7.50. Brilliant. Everyone tried their cake. Fantastic conversation and laughs took place outside in very pleasant sunshine. Having decided it was time to leave we made easy work of the ride through Bilborough Chatterton and into Wighill. So into Wetherby and North Deighton where we agreed to go up to Knaresborough and Abbey Road. At Low Bridge we said our goodbye for a great ride and fantastic company. Thank you all. Bit over the scheduled mileage due to the diversion; just short of 47 miles for me home to home. Colin B