Wetherby – Hampsthwaite, Sunday 23rd January 2022, 46 miles

Four Wheelers gathered at our meeting point at the Shambles for our ride to Hampsthwaite, Nick, Frank, Kathy, who had cycled from home in Hampsthwaite to the start and myself, Steve W.
It was a cold overcast day, so it was good to set of towards Kirby Overblow and warm up on the climbs.
Geoff rang and said he would meet us at the lunch stop at 12 noon, as his hip was playing up.
We cycled via Burn Bridge to Penny Pot lane with a few more little climbs to keep us warm
It was a relief not to cycle the full length of the never ending Penny Pot, into a cold westerly, as we soon turned right towards Hampsthwaite.
We arrived at our lunch stop, Sophie’s Coffee Shop, in good time, about 11.20. The friendly staff took our orders for food and drink.
Food arrived quickly and I would recommend the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.
A cycling couple arrived and were greeted by Frank and Nick, on enquiring to Frank he told me it was Lucy (nee Debenham and her husband, this had me scratching my head because I new the name but couldn’t remember where from, the answer lies on the back of the runs card.
At about 12.20 Geoff arrived and we replenished our drinks, with Frank sharing a huge slab of cake with us.
It was 12.50 when we exited Sophie’s into the cold and bid farewell to Kathy who had at least a 100 metres to ride home.
Geoff now on board for the ride back to Knaresborough.
It was out of the village over the river Nidd and again I was grateful for the climb that followed up Clint Bank.
We headed to Bishop Monkton, past Cut Throat Lane, not sure how it got its name, but I wasn’t hanging around to find out.
Back to Knaresborough and a parting with Geoff as he headed to the pub to meet Bob and we headed to the Black Mulberry for coffee by the river.
Usual way back via Little Ribston and our various destinations.
Good day out, despite the cold and murkiness at least it stayed dry.

Steve W