The weather forecast was uncertain and our leader for today decided to give it a miss. Despite that eight of us decided to push on with Liz F’s selected route. Mike knew where we were going and I had the route on my Garmin and off we went. Out through the showground to Rudding and a right to the bypass up to Kirby Overblow . A right down to the A61 left and right to Dunkeswick and Weeton. Pretty good progress and as we got through Castley it was agreed that the Poole farm shop was too early for lunch. At Leathley Bridge Paul B decided to do his own thing and departed. Lots of water running down the gulleys but the weather was good. Right at Farnley then the drop into the bottom before the log climb back up to Lindley and the gated road. By this time Mike Walsh ,Derek and Liz F had taken off. We thought we had agreed to give the gravel path a miss and head for Fewston farm shop. So my group of four were surprised they weren’t there. Steve W did a quick text and they were nearly home. We discussed our options and we decided to deviate from the route to come home via Kettlesing Bottom and Hampswaite. Up Clint Bank , Hollybank, Ripley and home. A few bits of road flooding but nothing we couldn’t cope with. A few extra miles but all in all a good ride and good weather. Thanks all. Just short of 40 miles home to home for me. Colin B

Wednesday Ride

A dismal start to the day but the sun shone (a bit) at the Showground. Eight weather optimistic riders set off towards Pateley Bridge via Brimham. It was a good steady climb up there but we were rewarded with stunning views across Nidderdale as we rode down towards Smelthouses. Sunny intervals lit up the trees as they displayed their Autumn colours. Although it didn’t rain on us, we didn’t escape getting wet. One or two of us were drenched by passing cars sending waves of surface water cascading. You were lucky to avoid one as there was a lot of water. On the Glasshouses Road an enormous puddle filled the whole road. Most of us ended up with very wet feet and legs! Suitably fed and watered at Wildings cafe we returned via Darley. A fabulous Autumn ride with wonderful views and delightful company. 36 miles. Nicci Harding

Breakaway Group. A lovely ride out to Pateley Bridge on James’ handcrafted route with a surprising lack of rain and even some moments of sunshine. Yvonne, Tim 2, Andy, Mark M, John C & Sarah picked up Alan near Brimham Rocks before the whizz downhill through Glasshouses. Exciting cycling-through-flood footage was captured by DOP Yvonne and excellent cake, toasted scones etc enjoyed at Wildings with the rest of the Wednesday Riders. Tim 2 will have to test his new jacket for waterproofness another day! Sarah S