Wetherby to Stockton on Forest, Sunday 10th February 2023, 59 miles

Sunday was a dry and fine day which tempted out a few more members.
Ready for a 9.30 start from the Shambles were Nick, Simon, Bob J, Frank, Pete D, Graham (operating on split-second timing) and me.
Nick had advised of the route beforehand however it changed about four times before we set off, finally selecting the original one. Simon needed to be back early due to domestic commitments.
Heading down the 168 we went out via Hunsingore, Cattal, Whixley, Aldwark Bridge, Linton on Ouse to Newton on Ouse. At this point, Simon turned off to go via Beningbrough Hall, (posh relatives you know) and back home via Skelton and Rufforth.
The rest of us motored on through Shipton, Wiggington, Haxby and Towthorpe to Stockton on Forest 🌳.
I can’t say there is a forest, despite the name, but there is some woodland to the north. It is the home for Stockton Hall which is now a secure unit and thankfully we weren’t waylaid but allowed through to Deans Garden Centre and our lunch stop. The cafe was busy but the service was good. Clearly, the sight of the deep filled apple pie attracted the attention of three of us not to mention the custard and was heartily consumed. However, Bob J surpassed us as he went for the sausage sandwich only to be further gazumped by Graham’s sausage sandwich with melted cheese and onion marmalade. Got to try that next time 🌭. With the desire to watch the afternoon’s rugby we set off back via Heslington, the Millennium Bridge and the cycle path through the Racecourse.
It was here we got separated with Bob J peeling off at the Supermarket and Pete and I getting ahead of the group approaching Askham Bryan. I suggested to Pete as he had further to go he should carry on.
I waited for Frank, Nick and Graham and the four of us headed home via Healaugh, Walton and Wetherby. Well done to Frank who was only on his second long ride of the year. Good day and Selby next Sunday conditions permitting.

Steve B