Short Ride

Today’s short ride

  • A pretty cold and foggy day
  • Route was to Wetherby via Kirby Overblow and Sicklinghall and return by Little Ribston and Spofforth
  • There were 6 in the group – Diane W, Paul D, Geraldine and Joe and we welcomed Gordon on his first ride
  • Diane suggested a new café to us in Wetherby called Kofi & Co and we all enjoyed it
  • Joe came to my rescue on the way home as my gear cable had snapped
  • Paul was very pleased to get up the Showground Hill for the first time without stopping!
  • An enjoyable ride of 23 miles and approx 1300 feet of climbing
  • Thanks to all for your good company. Monica


A cool, damp and foggy morning greeted us today but didn’t deter six hardy souls joining me on my jaunt out to Bramham. We were feeling the cold by the time we re-grouped before the climb up to Kirby Overblow and were plagued by steaming spectacles and mist. Pushing on we stopped at the top of Kearby Cliff but decided it was too misty for a decent photo. By the time we descended into Sicklinghall the mist had gone and it seemed as if it was drying up a little. Into Wetherby and down the cycle path to the A1. Steve B left us here as he had a commitment. Mike S and I experienced ‘chain malfunctions’ but other than that the ride over Bramham Moor was very pleasant. Into Newton Kyme and across to Thorp Arch estate for coffee. Quick and efficient service and wonderful WE banter. We discussed the route home and decided to extend the ride up Rudgate and around Southfield into Tockwith. Mike S was having minor electric issues so headed for home. After crossing the Nidd in Cattal Peter left for Whixley and my remaining riders headed for Hunsingore and Little Ribston and home. It proved to be a very enjoyable ride. Thanks to all for your company. 43 miles for me. Colin B.

Wednesday Ride

Six hardy souls opted for the Wednesday Ride to Brimham and Fountains this week but due to the cold and foggy conditions we changed the route to go to Shaw Mills, the Drovers and Fountains instead of the toll bridge and Stripe Lane. Gia left us at the Drovers as she just couldn’t get warm and hope you got home and warmed up event eventually, Gia. The rest of us pushed on quickly to Tate’s for a very welcome hot drink and selection of snacks, including Christmas Scones which are recommended! After the attached selfie we parted company and Paul and Alan returned via the Deer Park and Tim, Sarah and I came back through Knaresborough. 30 odd very cold miles but the usual good company. James G

Medium Plus Brisk

The last day of November & the weather was as it should be; cold & misty but thankfully there was little to no wind. Off up past Farnham went Janet, Helen, Vince, T1, T3 & T4 with their lights flashing away and then round to Markington & the Drovers. At that point Janet & Helen headed back due to time commitments. Onwards up Careless House Lane (the wrong way) in ever thicker fog, past Brimham (well, it could have been but you couldn’t see anything) and down Hartwith Bank, on past Menwith for a lovely warm stop at Fewston Farm Shop & a quick chat with the donkeys. It were cold coming back out again for a dash home via Penny Pot. 38 miles. Tall Tim