Wetherby – Hebden, Sunday 21st August 2022, 71 miles

Sunday Morning and it looks like a warm day if not so hot as recently.

The Shambles found the usual locals queuing for the Café to open, and a bunch of cyclists. That’s us. Bill, Frank, Steve W, Geoff, Bob J, Simon and me, Nick. Seven.

Hebden was the destination and the café there is one of our favourites, so it was worth setting off into a little Westerly breeze to start. We planned coffee at the Fewston Farm Shop and most of us turned left in Beckwithshaw to avoid the monotony of Penny Pot Lane. Geoff and Bob saved a few hundred yards by going along PPL. After coffee, Simon had to turn for home and domestic duties- happens to us all, so we headed for Duck Street where the long crawl split the group but we got together again in Greenhow to enjoy the swoop downhill past Stump Cross Caverns before taking a bit more care at the Debble’s Bridge descent. The ups and downs passed and we were soon into Hebden as Frank killed his downhill speed by freewheeling halfway up the following hill. Saves on brake pads.

Café well up to usual standards- keep it going folks- and we left for the scenic route above Burnsall where we paused to admire one of the prettiest views in the Dales. At Bardon Bridge we took the “Road Closed” option. Some of us had done it recently. It just involves a bit of care on one section but the good news is that the road is otherwise good for cycling and, of course, traffic-free. Walking over the footbridge at Bolton Abbey, we mingled with the crowds for a few minutes before taking the Beamsley- Nesfield way. Approaching Otley, another tea stop was suggested so to make sure that we got to Poole before they closed, we took the Otley Poole direct route. Then we had tea and went home.

Nick