Wetherby to Lotherton Hall, Sunday 7th Jan 2024, 37 miles

Just Nick and myself out this Sunday. Quite a surprise, since for January it was a decent day weather wise. Obviously just going to Lotherton and back isn’t very far and so we headed through Boston Spa towards Aberford and Fairburn. Just before the A63 we turned left and went through Lumby and then in to South Milford. I asked Nick if he had ever stopped at the Old Post Office cafe which he hadn’t. A new one on me? I was surprised that it was open but it was actually very busy. We had a coffee outside next to a very efficient patio heater. They do excellent breakfasts and their cakes are fantastic.

Back on the bikes we made our way past Steeton Hall and its ancient gateway, through Newthorpe and into Sherburn. We then turned left into Coldhill Lane and we were now both pondering whether or not it was worth stopping at Lotherton Hall. We decided it was and retired for hot sausage rolls. A discussion about how long it was ago that we had actually been in the hall concluded that it was indeed a long time ago. We set off refreshed and took a direct route back via Aberford and the 168. A brief pause in Wetherby before Nick’s fairly early return to Tockwith.

Anyone for York…?