Wetherby to Malton, Thursday 30th March 2023, 81 miles

Seven brave souls congregated at the Shambles for the ride to Malton, Phil, Graham, Glyn, Mike Bosomworth, Steve P, myself Pete D and a friend of Mike Brawley, Sean.

The weather report was not brilliant with moderate WSW winds, reasonable temperatures, cloudy with showers some heavy, so a long slog back was anticipated.

We headed for York via Askham Bryan and past York Minster towards Stockton on the Forest and Deans Garden Centre.

Fortunately the cafe was not as busy as our last attempted visit and we fuelled up on coffee, tea and cakes.

Our intended destination Malton beckoned, so of we went singing a happy tune, (or maybe not) towards Sand Hutton, Crambe, Kirkham Priory, with the wind more or less behind us into Malton and the Railway Station Cafe.

The cafe as we know is a little like stepping back in time but to our surprise the decorators (I use this term generously) had been in and spruced up the place, prints of sunny holiday destinations adorned the walls, shelves with books on foreign holidays and the same odd collection of tables and chairs re-arranged. Shock and Awe, the reason became apparent as we read the A4 note taped to the cake display case advising that the cafe was up for sale.

Fortunately we were advised by the owners that they had agreed a sale to a local who was going to keep things as they are.

Anyway, the food remained the usual fair, coffee still instant and service without a smile.

Glyn managed to forgo his usual chocolate cake boost and so we set off homeward.

From Malton we headed towards Coneysthorpe, skirting Castle Howard to Terrington with the wind in our faces, Graham suggested a quick stop in Easingwold at the local shop.

Mike B decided he needed a coffee and fruit flapjack boost so headed for the local Thomas The Bakers much to the frustration of the remaining group as it had started raining. A search party of big Phil soon found him and encouraged a speedy consumption of said coffee and flapjacks.

The shower quickly passed and we progressed to Aldwark Bridge and Wetherby.

The group began to split after Easingwold as the wind, hills and distance took their toll and we headed back as three groups.

With Phil’s local knowledge he guided me on a new route to me towards the A168 missing Cattal and shaving a little time and distance off our journey back to Wetherby.

The weather was much better than we expected apart from the wind, a tough day but as always worth it.

Pete D