Wetherby – Malham, Thursday 7th July 2022, 95 miles

Riders: Graham, Michael, Glyn, Phil, Pete Dack, Bill, Nick and myself Greg.

A shortish ride to, and a welcome morning coffee on the sunny terrace at the Fewston Farm cafe. We left Bill and Nick (to do a shorter ride) looking very relaxed – as if they where on holiday – and set off for Malham.

Our route went from Fewston to Greenhow, Grassington, along the River Wharfe to Conistone, passed the towering Kilnsey Crag and tranquil limestone valleys – where Graham pointed out the never before spotted (by me anyway) ancient, long disused terraced valley sides where farmers once grew crops – to Arncliff, then the big climb up Brootes Lane, whose top was always over the next rise and then disappointingly wasn’t. A few more rolling hills then down the steep descent with views of Malham Cove (if you stop to look – thanks Micheal for the photo below) into Kirkby Malham and The Old Barn Cafe for Lunch.

There were a few very disgruntled Wheelers, including myself, when the beans on toast arrived. They might have been Heinz but there wasn’t enough to cover half a slice of dry toast and certainly not enough to fuel me to my next pee stop! Maybe they heard us grumbling but probably realised their mistake, apologised and brought up more bowls of beans and toast, plus a kind offering of bananas and oranges – redeemed; we’ll come again.

Back on our bikes, we rolled nicely through Airton and Hetton, and with some help from the wind blasted along the Grassington Road into Skipton and on to Addingham and through to Ilkely. An ice cream in Ilkely would have been nice but Micheal, Pete and myself needed to make haste so kept on going to Leeds. Graham and Phil could afford to be more leisurely and if they were lucky the Ice Cream van over the bridge was still serving.

I imagine we all did a least 90 miles and Pete,as usual, more. All machines working well, no punctures, no spills and the weather had been superb. A very enjoyable ride. Thanks all.

Greg