Short Ride

10 regulars opted for the short ride today, we split into 2 groups of 5 with James kindly leading the second 5. We went out through Stonefall park and down to Abbey road and out towards Goldsborough and then managed to get across the often difficult A59 quite quickly, a pleasant ride up through Flaxby and Conneythorpe to Arkendale, where Dennis turned left for home leaving us to turn right (after being told the road was closed just before our Cafe, we pressed on and it was indeed coned off for a serious traffic accident, but we managed to get to a quite Courtyard cafe due to the road closure. The food was quick, fresh and reasonable, and after various subjects discussed we were on our way back to Arkendale were we turned right to Staveley on a little used quite lane to eventually bring us up to the crossroads for our picture. After discussing selfie 🤳 picture taking options learnt from our children (or grandchildren) we headed for Farnham, through to Scriven, where James said goodbye, so the remaining group headed through Knaresborough more headed up Beryl Burton and onward home, just 4 of us left at the golf club bus shelter, Kevin took Boggs lane and the remaining 3 headed back for the show-ground after a very pleasant ride with no rain, a good coffee stop with a friendly group, of 34miles 976ft. Mike W


What a fine day for a ride. No heavy rain,not even a thundery shower,

The route towards Thorner and beyond provided a good mix of easy cycling  and a couple of climbs for the ten Wanderers.

As we passed along so many green, flowery, traffic free lanes  a little post ride map research showed 21 of the roads taken were called ‘Lanes’. (Not all to be named here -you can look them up), but for example after starting along Leadhall lane and Rossett Green lane we could soon enjoy the view from Walton Head Lane, and after the ascent of Jewitt lane a similar scene from Compton Lane. The short cut taken from Clifford to Thorpe Arch along Bar Lane enabled the less brisk group to reach Tim’s cafe in pole position. It was here we found Mike Clarke. He joined the group for the route home which finished with Crimple lane before the Showground Hill. Thanks to all involved for a most enjoyable ride – apologies for the tedious report – got sidetracked down a lane. Mike P