Short Ride

With a hosepipe ban coming in on Friday it seemed timely to check out the water levels at Swinsty and Fewston and two riders Dennis and Paul were keen to join me on survey.

Once we had negotiated the traffic in town we made good progress to Little Almscliffe where Dennis and Paul were photographed making easy work of the incline and the obligatory selfie was taken. It was then a swift descent to Bland Hill junction where a quick right left manoeuvre took us down Smithson’s Lane and across the dam at Swinsty followed by a tough section of climbing through woods and past the church before dropping down and across the dam at Fewston.

We were surprised at the depleted water levels and understood why YW were encouraging water conservation. All this work had brought on a thirst so we made our way towards Fewston Farm Cafe with Dennis going directly home via Wydra Lane. The Cafe has been improved but if paying by card there is a minimum £5 spend. From there with the wind behind it was an easy return along Penny Pot Lane into town. Thanks to Dennis and Paul for their cheerful company. 23 miles, 1500 ft climbing, av. speed 10 mph.  Tim (T2)


Wanderers’ Ride

A bit of a damp morning greeted the riders for my ride into the Vale of York. Splitting into three groups we all made our way to Low Bridge where Mike P was waiting. My group made excellent progress as the day began to warm up . Over to Marton Cum Grafton and Great Ouseburn where we had a long chat with a couple from Oxford on a 4 day cycling tour of Yorkshire (who can blame them!).

Once at Beningborough we were greeted by Mr and Mrs Weeks on their tandem. Arriving between breakfast and lunch menus we had to have intelligent conversation . That didn’t last long. The day was really warming up as we departed for our return journey. Over Aldwark to Thorpe Underwood Whixley Cattal Hunsingore.

Once at Little Ribston I departed for Knaresborough and the rest of my group set off for Spofforth and home. My thanks to the group leaders and all who took part. 45 miles for me. Colin B


Wednesday Ride

There were just five of us for Bramhope and Otley today and whether it was Weardly Bank or the forecast that put others off we don’t know, but the day turned out a lot better than forecast and Weardley Bank was a doddle for Gia, Paul and myself who were lucky enough to be E-Powered, although Steve and Charlie made short work of it under their own pedal power.

The usual debate on cafe stops resulted in us speeding through Bramhope and down into Otley to Bloomfields, the retro cafe on the right on the way into the town. We enjoyed coffee and cakes and were reliably informed they would be back to their full menu from tomorrow. A short conversation between Paul and I at the traffic lights  about the cycle infrastructure on the new Leeds orbital Road which had featured on Look North last night produced a surprise intervention from a passing pedestrian who told us it was himself and three other cyclists who had featured in the report!

The sun shone for our climb up to Briscoerigg and return through Burn Bridge after about 35 or so fairly hilly miles. In todays’ inflationary times it was one thing that came out at less then the advertised price of 40 miles! Thanks to all for good company. James G


Medium-plus Brisk

As the published route replicated large parts of last Sunday’s flattish ride, Vince, Tim3 and I who were the only takers for the ride decided to abandon the ride to Sutton on the Forest and opted for a more hilly ride. We decided to go via Oak Beck and Darley and up Hartwith Bank.

Just as we were about to set off we were joined by Richard, who usually rides with the Cappuccinos, who was wanting to go on a brisk paced ride. After Hartwith Bank which we all managed to get up, it was off to Dallowgill Moor via Brimham and then onto Galphay. After Galphay it was heads down and a very fast paced ride to Tate’s for refreshments.

We opted to return via the deer park at Fountains. I made it just under 45 miles with nearly 3500 ft climbing. The forecasted rain never materialised and all in all it was a good ride. Tim R