Wetherby – Cusworth Hall, Thursday 31st August 2023, 90 miles

Thursday’s ride this week was south to Cusworth Hall near Doncaster. Graham, Bill, Nick, Glyn, Kathy, Tim, Shaun and myself set off to Aberford where we picked up Pete, Michael and Mike, and said goodbye to Glyn who was nursing a sore knee – but still did 52 miles. Southwest to Sherburn in Elmet and on to Birkin Fisheries Cafe where we relaxed outside in the sun with our coffee and cake. Steve Ward, on home territory, joined us here while Bill, Michael and Shaun turned homeward for an early finish. The rest set their compasses due south then followed Graham’s devious but faultless directions to the outskirts of Doncaster and Cusworth Hall. Blessed with sunshine and light winds we enjoyed great views across the flat farmlands of South Yorkshire. On the steepest climb of the day, the bridge over the A1 at Skellow, we all had to push our bikes! Still at least one of us, Mike, cycled down the steps on the other side.
Cusworth Hall was a new destination for me and what a pleasant one. The Hall is an 18th-century grade 1 listed Georgian country house, and now also a museum, set in parkland and gardens (Lady Isabella’s apparently). The cafe/restaurant was busy and friendly and again we sat outside in the sun.

After a photo shoot in front of the old house, we made our way to the A19 and headed back north, through Askern, to Eggborough, turned to Beal, where Steve split off for Wakefield and we retraced our route to Birkin then Sherburn in Elmet. Myself and Pete carried on to Aberford and home while the all others turned toward Church Fenton and Wetherby.
Another excellent Wheelers ride of around 90+/- miles for most. Cheers all and Graham for organising.