Bramham – Snaith, 5th June 2021, 52 miles

What a glorious start to the day. 9am and it was already 15 degrees! 4 Wheelers met at Bramham war memorial; Mark Lawrence, Keith Robinson, Darren Shepherd and Phil Walker. Yes as it was 15 degrees and the weather set fair Phil rocked up in shorts and bare arms! Much mirth about white legs and arm was exchanged (good job that all had sunglasses on!)

So just after 9 we tottered up Town Hill (a bit early for a swift one at the Swan). We headed off towards Tadcaster swinging right (the first of many!) and on through Stutton. It felt like we cycling in France the weather being so glorious!

On to Ulleskelf on Church Fenton when we turned left at the Fenton Flier. “Ooo I’ve not been on this road before” was the general consensus. We then turned right towards Biggin. Straight across the crossroads. Right to Thorpe Wiloughby where we did a left then immediate right towards Brayton. We then passed over the Selby Canal and took an immediate right on to the Trans Pennine Trail. After a few more right turns we ended up on the busy Selby Road but we’d only have a few hundred yards on this before we turned right (dicing with a VW Golf who decided that all of us flapping our arms meant we were trying to fly, however Phil’s right signal and taking the prominent position in the road meant the golf had to stand on its nose and duly swung in behind us. (Phew!) we then wiggled on some back lanes (a bit too much road grit in parts making cornering a bit sketchy) but some really pretty rhododendrons en route, before we turned right again Carlton to join the road south to Snaith crossing over the impressive bridge over the River Aire before turning right (again!) into the High Street.

We bought our coffees teas and “buns” from “The Kitchen” and toddled along the road to sit on a bench in the sun outside the fire station next to the church. The Kitchen was unfortunately still not open for sitting in. Still it was cracking the slabs and what better than to sit outside on such a glorious day. I think Darren won the prize for the biggest (and heaviest) cake a custard slice ? Still he had to “carry it home”!

So once enlivened by our cakes, coffees and teas we headed home via Gowdal, Phil on the front leading the sugar rushed peloton, skirting past the cooling towers and on to the A19 (still closed to traffic between Eggborough and Chapel Haddlesey!) On to Beal where we turned right to cross the River Aire. On to Birkin and the Hillam, Monk Fryston, Sherburn in Elmet and a right off the main road at Barkston Ash. On to Saxton and then back on to the main road at Toulston (2 more right turns there!) Back through Stutton and the back to Bramham.

Something of the order of 52 miles at a “steady” 16.7 mph average and back before 1pm! (Just over 3 hours!) (Definitely not the usual Saturday’s Run pace!) Our biggest wheeze was just how many right turns we’d clocked up (it did feel that we’d done nothing but right turns all morning!

Great day, great ride and great company!

Phil Walker