Wetherby – Haworth, 10th June 2021, 71 miles

Thursday’s ride had 6 starters which was slightly disappointing for a nice day in June. The word hilly, it was pointed out, may have put one or two people off. I hope not! The starters were myself Graham, Pete Dack, Mike Bosomworth, Greg , Sean and Fred.

We set off for the cobbles of Haworth via the normal route to Otley where Fred departed and we climbed the West Chevin on our way to Bingley. A left turn at Dick Hudson’s took us off the moor and in to the Aire Valley and a welcome first stop of the day in Bingley. Once refreshed we crossed the river and headed upwards and once again reached the moors but this time above Oxenhope. Then it was downhill to the station, another short climb and a welcome descent into Haworth. Once we had done the cobbles, we found a nice cafe where we sat outside admiring the view and savouring the atmosphere of this famous literary village. This was slightly spoiled by an elderly chap asking whether or not you needed to be old join our club. Sean did reply politely, I think.

After a slow but pleasant lunch we set off for the return journey and the immediate climbs through Oakworth and Goose Eye and on towards Silsden. Quite challenging that bit and especially the Goose Eye ramp. Then we crossed back over the Silsden ridge and back through Addingham and into Ilkley for the last coffee of the day. It was then a flat return to Otley and a route back towards Leeds for Pete, Greg and Mike while Sean and myself headed for Pool and Kirby Overblow. I managed 71 miles and just under 6,000 feet of climbing. A grand day out.

Graham Brake