It was a chilly start to the day as twelve cyclist joined me for the short ride, Brian, Geraldine, Joe, Dennise, Gordon, Diane, Sarah 1, Sarah 2, Justin, Paul and two cyclist new to the group, Anne and John, welcome.
We split into two groups with Brian taking the first group as we headed off in the direction of Knaresborough and onto Ferrensby and Arkendale, taking a slight detour through Lingerfield and out into the lovely countryside. Brian said that if we all agreed, he knew a good coffee stop, so as Dennis left us to return home, we made another slight detour to the Courtyard Café at the Rabbit Hill Industrial site where they made us very welcome. A coffee stop worth noting.
On our return journey we had to negotiate crossing the A59 which was quite a challenge. Finally, with everyone safely across we then took a left turn onto a quieter road towards Knaresborough and headed for home. At Knaresborough, Sarah1 left us and then at Low Bridge everyone else dispersed to make their own way home.
Thank you everyone for such great company. Thank you Brian, for watching my back and for suggesting a very good coffee stop. They also have very nice loos! Margaret C
There were just over 20 Wanderers today for our route via Menwith to Greenhow Hill Road, Padside and over to Stump Cross which everyone managed successfully. We split into three groups will Yvonne leading the slightly faster riders. It was a first time for at least two riders. At Pateley most of us went to Wildings for refreshments. Our return route was via Glasshouses, Wilsill and Smelthouses, then down to Burnt Yates, Clint, Holly bank woods and the Greenway. 39 miles, 3259 ft. Thank you everyone for contributing to a very enjoyable ride.
For a little warm-up, our lovely “slightly faster” group set off on a tour of Bilton and played tag with Liz’s group until we got into our non-electric stride and kept a nice, steady and very determined cadence up to Yorke’s Folly and then flew down into Pateley for a pleasant lunch outside The Willow restaurant – words cannot describe Mark’s Yorkshire pudding ! With rain approaching, we foresook the Smelthouses challenge and outpaced the clouds between Glasshouses and Hartwith Mill. Then on through sunny Birstwith up Clint Bank and home via the international film set that is Ripley, crammed with film trailer trucks. Great effort from a great team with a grand ride of over 40 miles and over 3,000 ft elevation. Yvonne D.
Medium-plus Brisk Ride