Wetherby – Lotherton Hall, Sunday 9th January 2022, 35 miles

A total of five Wheelers gathered in The Shambles for the Sunday ride: Frank, Nick, Simon, Pete C and me, Mark. The listed destination was Lotherton Hall and despite the temptation of the craft market which was set up in the market place we set off, having allowed a generous ten minutes for any late-comers.

The weather was bright and still but very cold. There were a few slippery surfaces – Pete had a slide on the bike path and I had one on the pavement on the way to Wetherby. Undaunted, Frank led us up the bike path towards the A1, turning right at the roundabout to take the road towards Bramham. A jink across the main road took us on to Paradise Way, up through the traffic lights and on to the next roundabout where we took the Aberford road.

Freewheeling down into Aberford we resisted the temptation to turn left and go directly to Lotherton, instead continuing through the village, up the hill and on to the Great North Road for a few miles. Along a rather barren stretch, Simon’s rear inner tube decided it was fed up with holding a decent pressure so a replacement was called for. Having moved a short way up the road to get away from a very noisy dog the flat tube was removed and replaced without any great drama although Simon’s hands were left looking somewhat disreputable.

On we rode, shortly peeling off the main road to take the minor road past Squires to Sherburn in Elmet. The road was surprisingly busy with people who were apparently in a great hurry and very important. Turning left by the church just before the village centre, we continued to Lotherton Hall and a welcome warm stop.

The cafe was not too busy and there was plenty of space to leave our bikes. Tea, coffee, scones and panini were the order(s) of the day before we reluctantly went back out into the cold and set off home by the most direct way, retracing our outward route. The stub of a rainbow and a short shower provided the finish to the ride.