James wins the prize for attracting a record number of short riders on the excellent route which takes in a bridleway overlooking the Wharfe to come out at Wood Hall in Linton. Joe and Geraldine took one group as we all made our way through Kirkby Overblow picking up and shedding riders along the way.
The shedding of riders continued as we all made our way home with the sun finally coming out.
In Wetherby James’ group found enough room in the new Café Nero where we warmed up after a surprisingly chilly ride.
Great route about 26 miles and thoroughly enjoyable. Gia
Despite a grey, damp morning, 13 Wanderers set off for a tour of lower Nidderdale. The plan was to go via Holly Bank woods and Burnt Yates, up to Brimham then down to Smelthouses and Wilsill, Summerbridge, Dacre Banks, Thornthwaite and Darley. By the time we got to Ripley we’d expanded to 18- so, 3 groups of 6, each cycling at their own pace. Some of the group took the longer, scenic route by Thornthwaite church. The rest of us had a more leisurely ride down Dairy Lane. Consequently, we all arrived at Darley Post Office en masse. The staff coped very well with this sudden ‘invasion’. The blustery, damp weather meant some sat cosily inside, while the stalwarts sat outside enjoying the air! There were various comments about the hills, but fortunately just 2 more and we were back in Harrogate. Another cheerful ride with the usual banter and chat. 33 hilly miles. AN
Derek sets up his workshop.
Seven EG’s reported for duty this morning and the ride direction decision was taken with the usual due regard of wind predictions. Tadcaster was the chosen destination, which was reached in time for elevenses at The Lemon Tree. It seems to be under yet new management, but the service was speedy and pleasant, and the toasted current teacakes did the trick.
On the way out of the town, we noticed another cafe open which looked quite appealing, but temptation was resisted to try it, and we verily sped along through Bolton Percy, where the cafe also looked to be in full swing.
Too soon for lunch, the decision ws taken to try Little Acorns in Copmanthorpe; it did not disappoint with portions too large for some, and prices reasonable.
On via Askham Richard (did not stop), Rufforth (did not stop) where both cafes looked to be busy, and home via Tockwith.
Good to see Paul out for a brief visit, and thanks for leadership duties of Dave W, as well as compnay from Marvin, Phil Geoff and Col. DaveS