Wetherby – Cracoe, Thursday 14th September 2023, 80 miles

Thursday’s ride to Cracoe was started by 9 riders setting out from the marketplace in the hope that the weather forecast was going to improve. A grey day with some rain had been promised. However, some blue sky soon emerged as we made our way along the Wharfe valley towards Addingham. I had said we would have morning coffee in Addingham and the Joyful Deli just before Addingham was our destination. The sun was now out and it was surprisingly warm as both Seans, Mike B, Nick, Phil, Steve P, Geoff, Pete and myself, Graham, settled down to enjoy the quality refreshments on offer. I was reluctant to leave but eventually, the group set off for Cracoe while Nick and Geoff turned for home.

The way ahead was now down to Bolton Abbey, over the gated road to Embsay, up to the Grassington road and towards Rylstone. Lunch was to be at Jackson’s Farm shop in Cracoe. 

Sean Christie was having a rare full ride but made a disastrous meal choice while Sean F., skipped lunch altogether and turned for a solo ride home. The egg and beans were a good 9/10. The ride from Cracoe to Burnsall is lovely, especially in the sunshine and thankfully the weathermen got this one completely wrong. We did the back roads to The pavillions where we stopped briefly before taking the normal north side of the Wharfe valley road home.

If I could just mention ride reports. I would like to thank everyone who has taken these on during the year. It is especially nice when someone volunteers during the ride. It is clear that some people put a lot of thought and effort into them.