Short Ride

Paul, Justine and Dennis joined me for the short ride on a cold but dry day. The cyclists set off over the Stray, down Claro Road onto the Greenway. At Ripley all still intact up, we cycled up Hollybank Wood and down to Hampsthwaite , then after a short respite to catch our breath after climbing the steep hill, continued cycling on to Kettlesing. Glorious views and the sun appeared briefly as the day warmed up. Dicing with the heavy traffic on the Skipton Road we safely got across to go along Penny Pot Lane, where Dennis turned left for home and three turned right for our lunch stop at Fewston. Not telling tales on Paul but he needed fuel to give him energy, after a slice of my toast, a small bit of Justine’s flapjack plus a banana and honeycomb ice cream he was ready to tackle anything I could challenge him with. Justine decided to go via Beckwithshaw as she lived over that way. That left Paul and me to go via Menwith, on reaching Hampsthwaite,  Paul had forgotten to go to the loo at Fewston cafe and needed to go desperately. Luckily stopped at Sophies which had just closed, Sophie was outside and knew our desperation took pity on us and allowed Paul to use the loo. Up Lund Lane, then a short mystery tour until we reached the Greenway for home. It was a good job Paul had been fed well as we had a lovely longer cycle back. At Bilton viaduct three policemen and two police vans were sorting out somebody and we had to squeeze past the police van to get onto the path. A very good 25 miles for everyone and hopefully not too many hills. Liz F


Wednesday Ride

Seven of us left the showground with the aim of getting to the cafe at Pool for 11am to meet up with Debby H who is unable to cycle at the moment. Gia led us a different way out of Harrogate to avoid road works and traffic congestion. The route then took us to  Beckwithshaw, Stainburn Forest, Gated Road and Leathley, The four on e-bikes (Gia, John, Kevin and Paul) managed to keep with Yvonne, Charlie and Tony. Unfortunately Kevin had to leave us on route as he had a lunchtime appointment.  We all agreed it’s a lovely route although it was a bit chilly this morning. We arrived at the cafe at 11.02  and it was good to see Debby. 

The return was via Castley, Almscliffe Crag, Otley Road, Briscoe Ridge and Burnbridge. Although it was a short ride of 25 miles it was certainly enjoyable with good views, quiet lanes and good company.  Paul T


Wanderers’ Ride

Twelve of us this coldish summer morning. The forecast wasn’t too promising either. Lesley needed to divert home to swap trainers for cycling shoes so splitting into 2 groups we meandered through Fulwith Mill Lane and Mallison estate nicely missing roadworks that we had been told about. Well done Nicci. Burn Bridge, Walton Head and Kirby Overblow were soon behind us. Paul B was waiting on route prior to Sicklinghall. Diverting in Linton for Lesley to change shoes. Back on course into Wetherby and on to Thorp Arch. All had agreed on an early cafe stop at Tim’s. Suitably refreshed onto Walton and the ride up Rudgate. As per the route we turned right into Southfield Lane to come in around Tockwith airfield into the village. Onto Cattal Hunsingore where Paul B departed and the rest of us headed back to Wetherby. Three riders didn’t fancy the Harland Way and stuck to tarmac. We regrouped in Spofforth. Mike Winterhalder swung left for home and the rest of us got through Follifoot, safely negotiated the bypass and back to the showground. Great ride. Weather did warm up a little but we avoided any rain. Thank you all. 41 miles home to home for me. Colin B