Wetherby – Masham, Thursday 17th March 2022, 68 miles

13 of Yorkshire’s finest lined up on Thursday for the planned expedition to Masham: these were Nick, Graham, Steve W, Michael B, Mike B, Mark, Brendan, Glynn, Phil, Pete D, Sean, Greg and Steve P.

In true WW fashion, the crew split into an ‘A’ team and an ‘A+’ team ( a ‘B’, inferior, team is politically incorrect !). A moderate southwesterly breeze helped blow us up through North Deighton and Little Ribston to Knaresbrough, then through Scotton and Scriven, past the Guy Fawkes Arms.

After Sawley we all arrived in groups at G&Ts cafe in Risplith. Coffee and cakes were very welcome outside in the sunshine but, as it was chilly, the Wheelers soon continued the journey.

Onwards and northwards through Kirkby Malzeard and the club finally arrived for lunch in Masham at “Johnny Baghdad’s Cafe on the Square”. Fortunately, the cafe was virtually empty and was taken over by 13 hungry Wheelers. Service and food were excellent and an appropriate online review was made by yours truly.

To the author’s delight, the normal exit from Masham was not followed. Instead, Graham led us north initially, then a loop east and south down into West Tanfield. This particular long and fast descent is very popular in the club.
North Stanley and Sutton Grange flashed by as the club sped into Ripon as the dull post-lunch sky gave way to a little welcome sunshine. Littlethorpe, Bishop Monkton and Copgrove were passed through before Knaresbrough and then the usual swift journey home from Knaresbrough to Wetherby.

All in all the day was very pleasantly uneventful apart from Mike B’s puncture. A very enjoyable and well Captained day was had by all.

Steve P