Wednesday Wanderers Group 2 Ride
David, Dianne, Liz and Nicki joined Chris and me in the second wanderers group. After an unpromising cool and overcast start to the day, the sun eventually came out! While we were waiting at the traffic lights on Wetherby Road at the “newly improved” Chain Lane – York Road Junction, a close encounter with a bus turning into Wetherby Road, was a little too close for comfort. We made good progress along the route and decided to have coffee at Plenty, the service was quick and it was reasonably priced. At Marton cum Grafton we stopped for a group photo. Nicki noticed some blue plaques and went to investigate, she reported her findings to the group. At the top of Sandy Bank Liz, David and Nicki opted to add a few extra miles by going via Scotton, Nidd, Ripley and back via the Greenway. The rest of us decided to go via Farnham, Lingerfield, Scriven to join Boroughbridge Road near the Co-op and then up the Beryl Burton Way. A lovely 30 mile ride with great company. Chris and Chris
Medium Plus brisk alternative route
Vince’s alternative route via Pateley Bridge appealed to five lady riders (and Chris B) apart from the Trapping Hill climb! We cycled together to Hampsthwaite, up Stripe Lane and down through Wilsill and Glasshouses into Pateley. At Wath we said goodbye and Good Luck to the Trapping boys and meandered our way- up more hills back into Pateley. Not many cafes open on a Wednesday so we had a ‘do it yourself’ snack break in a coffee bar, buying snacks from a nearby bakery. Up the main road out of Pateley and up Blazefield Bank then up Fellbeck, turning right towards Brimham Rocks. Did I hear a squeal of delight from Michelle when she saw the Careless House Lane turn? Mostly downhill from here- Scarah Bank, Ripley, Greenway and home. Great ride, so lucky with the weather- 37 miles with 3158 feet of climbing= stunning views! Janet G
Nine riders lined up to be led on a route by Jamess out towards Tadcaster- only to be told that due to a diary clash he was only leading us as far as Wetherby.We quickly forgave him and agreed to be led by “Committee” and make our way to the Roast Cafe at Stutton. James left us at the Linton turn to head off home and then on to Lincoln ( not on his bike!) for his grandaughters graduation.
We were making good time and a few of us were glad of our electric bikes or we wouldn’t have kept up. Heading to Bramham Mark turned off and headed for home and the rest headed for coffee. Those that had been before took the lead but we were soon lost and had to resort to Google and a little doubling back before we reached the cafe.
It was worth the effort as we sat outside in the sun and chose our lunch from an extensive menu. Yvonne ( who knows about these things) said it was “Metro coming to Yorkshire ” – without their prices! A number went for crushed avocado on sourdough.What happened to the old cycling staple of beans on toast? The discussion didn’t stray onto politics but focused on when your children treat you to a meal with some interesting outcomes.
After a good break we set off back through Tadcaster to Wetherby and once again the lead group set a fast pace. We made the cycle path and headed into Wetherby where Tim,Yvonne and David took turns in leading the charge and a few of us hoping our batteries would hold out.At Little Ribston we turned for home and the last few hills meant a gentler ride back to the Showground before we split to go our seperate ways.
A really enjoyable route, suprisingly good weather and good company. Thanks to James for the route and everyone for their little bit of route leading.Thanks to Yvonne,Tim,David, Mark, Paul, James ,Colette and Geraldine for their company. 44 miles and 2100′ of climbing ( and a lot of crushed Avocado consumed)
Wednesday Wanderers Ride
Short Gentle Ride
I’m not sure if it was the weather forecast or the fact that there was no coffee stop but there were only 5 of us for this ride. It’s definitely one to repeat – route 36. Some of the group hadn’t ridden these roads before and it’s always a pleasure to show people new routes so close to Harrogate.
Have you noticed that weather forecasts have become increasingly wrong? So it proved today. It was a lovely morning hitting 22.5 degrees.