Wetherby – Helmsley, Thursday 1st June 2023,

With Graham taking a well-deserved break I (Mike) planned a route to Helmsley with one or two deviations from Graham’s usual route(s) and so it was that seven Wheelers, me (Mike B), Michael, Glyn, Phil W, Pete D, Bill and Kathy set off from the Shambles at 09.30 for Boroughbridge via the Dunsfords. In Boroughbridge we collected Dennis and so now eight Wheelers set off for Helmsley, avoiding the closed Aldwark Bridge. The route took us through Helperby, Husthwaite and to Coxwold for a very pleasant coffee and cake break, after which Bill, Kathy and Dennis turned back. The remaining five then headed for Wass, Ampleforth, Oswaldkirk and Nunnington before looping in to Helmsley. A convivial lunch was had at the bakery by the castle and then Glyn discovered that he couldn’t change from his inner chain ring to the outer chain ring. We re-seated the gear cable and then it was back to Ampleforth via Sprokton. After cycling through Brandsby, Crayke, Easingwold and Raskelf we rejoined our outward route to Boroughbridge. From there we took our usual route to Knaresborough and then back to Wetherby via Little Ribston. Most, if not all of the ‘fearless’ five clocked a hundred miles by the time that they had cycled home. Whilst cool in the morning with a bit of a headwind outward, the weather was pretty kind throughout. All in all a good day’s cycling.

Mike Bo