Wetherby – Kirkbymoorside, 10th May 2021, 86 miles

Seven riders met at 9am or near enough, at the back of the Town Hall: Frank, Nick, Dennis, Mark, Simon, Bill and myself Steve W.

Usual start up the all too familiar A168 to Walshford. Then Cattle and over the bridge at Aldwark. Then a change from the norm with a right turn to Tollerton and then Huby.

Back on a familiar route at Stillington, but then on to a nice single track road to Stearsby. Just after here Frank, Simon and Bill turned for home for various reasons, via a café stop at Easingwold.

That left four full timers to carry on up a delightful climb up Snargate Hill, which had recently been resurfaced.  One of a few quiet country lanes in this part of North Yorkshire we found to have been re-laid.  Perhaps the next TDY is coming this way or is it the route of a councillors way home. Anyway it was very welcome.

Onwards through Oswaldkirk, Nunnington, Welburn to Kirkbymoorside for lunch, or so we thought, the place was like a ghost town. I asked three ladies sat on bench at the side of the road if there was a café with outdoor seating. ‘No’ was the unanimous reply, ‘that’s why we are sat here’, they recommended the Royal Oak at Gillamoor, but after a quick chat we decided to head for Helmsley. So, feeling hungry we headed to Helmsley via Harome.

Dennis mentioned there was a Michelin starred restaurant at Harome called the Star Inn and Nick did say he had his credit card with him!  But we might have bust his credit limit and besides the well heeled costumers probably wouldn’t have liked four lycra clad sweaty cyclists spoiling there culinary delights.

Usual bakery in Helmsley for lunch sat on the wonky picnic tables, ‘that’ll do’ as they say in Yorkshire.

Regular way back to Boroughbridge. Here Dennis departed to Knaresborough, down to three now. Nick turned for Cowthorpe from the A168, and Mark joined him to put a loop in to enable him to get in his usual 100+ miles, down to one.

Nothing much to report on the journey back to Wetherby, apart from five naked ladies on a sponsored jog, or maybe I was just daydreaming.

Thanks to Nick for an interesting route to Kirkbymoorside.

86 miles covered, 3,500 feet of ascent and no rain, apart from a few spots, result!

Steve Ward