Wetherby – Cracoe, Thursday 12th May 2022, 81 miles

The numbers were down from last week but 6 Wheelers departed from the Shambles heading for Burley and then eventually Cracoe. The party consisted of yours truly Graham plus Bill, Nick, Steve Ward, Glyn and Pete Dack.

There was a strong westerly wind on the way out and we didn’t really get much help from it until we reached Ilkley on our return journey. So it was hard going and we took a fairly low-level route to the Cockpit Farm Cafe where Kathy had agreed to meet us. Kathy was sitting outside waiting for us but the cool weather meant that we soon decided that it was much nicer inside. After a pleasant chat over tea cakes etc, we set off for Bolton Abbey over the iron bridge and the back road through Beamsley. Bill departed at Bolton Bridge and the rest of us set off over the gated road and on to Embsay. A lumpy Brackenley Lane took us to the main Grassington Road and after a few miles we arrived at the farm shop in Cracoe. Once again we decided to sit inside out of the wind. Plenty of tea and coffee and good value meals followed. A nine out of ten for Kathy’s beans on toast.

The next bit of the ride is the most scenic and spectacular as you travel over the moor on a tiny narrow road from Cracoe to Burnsall via Thorpe Beck. We then headed through Appletreewick to the Pavillions risking the closed road. Then it was on to Ilkley for a final coffee.

Kathy headed for home over the moors via the Askwith climb. Pete and Glyn departed in Otley and the rest of us took the normal route home but now we the benefit of a tailwind. A grand day out.

Graham