Wednesday Wanderers Ride
On a glorious summer’s day 24 Wanderers set out on a relatively unknown route towards Harewood, Eccup and East Keswick. The three groups regrouped at various points, but we still managed to lose a couple who I believe were deep in conversation about Wordle. They were found and we continued along the leafy lanes of Alwoodley before reaching East Keswick where the Duke (of Wellington) was most helpful in providing refreshments. The beer garden was so pleasant it was hard to get back on our steeds and continue on our way. We skirted Wetherby and looped back via Spofforth to the showground.
A lesser-known route for many, enjoyed in the sunshine with the added bonus of a lovely refreshment stop. Angela Rickards
There were just seven of us who fancied the effort to get the views from Dallow Moor today and so without any rearranging of groups we were off as one to collect Paul in Ripley and head through Burnt Yates for Brimham. It was the first time this year I have ridden in short sleeves and shorts from the beginning and the weather certainly justified it and produced some heat and some great views from the tops. John left us at Brimham and Paul did likewise at Fellbeck and the remaining five enjoyed the views all directions as we sped over Dallow Moor and had an almost pedal free ride into Laverton and onwards to Galphay and Ripon. In the absence of any Fountains supporters in the group today, we opted for The Olive Tree at Tate’s and enjoyed a relaxing coffee/tea and food stop in the relative peace and quiet of the outside seating area. The democratic decision was to return through Bishop Monkton and the Mountgarret Estate where I broke off leaving the others to return to Harrogate through Nidd and Ripley. A lovely summers day out in the usual good company (thanks to all who came) with 47 miles and 2800 feet of ascent under our belts by the time we got home. James G