Boston Spa – Beningbrough Hall, Tuesday 26th September 2023, 43 miles

Turned out nice again…………….. eventually!

None of us ventured out last Tuesday and only 4 riders the week before so it wasn’t a surprise to see 11 riders ready for the off at Boston Spa. Unfortunately, we had only ridden a couple of miles when the rain returned as, shortly after, did 3 riders. That left 8 riders (Pete C, Pete D, Steve B, Bob L, Neil P, Stuart W, Dave W and me (Keith)) getting decidedly wet as we headed out through Wighill and Healaugh towards Askham Richard and Rufforth. We made our way over to Poppleton on the mostly excellent cycle path keeping us well away from traffic. After Poppleton, we crossed the river and then followed another cycle path this time at the side of the river heading North. After that it was quiet lanes to the Home Farm café at Beningbrough Hall. We were split across two tables with ours having some discussion about the value of a clear business strategy.

By the time we returned to the bikes, the rain had stopped so we had a dry return run albeit into a stronger headwind than we would have liked. We took the long loop round the top side of Poppleton before a short stretch on the A59 then turning towards Hessay. After that, we went through Long Marston and Tockwith before the usual route down Rudgate and through Walton.

Rides don’t come much more traffic-free than this one so it was a very pleasant morning especially once the rain stopped!