Wetherby to Pocklington, Sunday 5th May 2024, 80 miles.

A slightly chill start in the shambles but a promise of a sunny day to follow saw 4 riders meet and head off towards York. Nick had Breezy Knees Gardens down as the morning coffee stop. Unfortunately Pete Dack had to get back for a telephone conversation with the hospital and turned in York. Fred got as far as Dean’s before turning. Just GB and Nick then for the full day.
The sun had now emerged and a very pleasant coffee and cake in the garden at Breezy Knees. Nick’s route took us to Buttercrambe where there is the famous mill but in 625 AD Edwin of Northumbria was crowned king here on the hill above. A nice quiet, rolling road took us to Bugthorpe and then some lovely Wolds scenery followed as we approached Kirby Underdale. The climb up Painsthorpe Lane is a bit rough but it was beautifully quiet. No traffic at all. Nick wanted to go through Great Givendale and we took the wrong road at first before turning and correcting our route. I was pleased we did as we stopped in the village to admire the pond and church. Again another stunning spot especially in the sunshine. The church looks really old but was rebuilt in 1849. Apparently they used the stone from the Norman church as road stone. They did keep one Norman arch and the font.
It was now down hill and into Pocklington. Nick had done his homework and was aware of the potential cafes. We settled on the Hide cafe and Deli. Quite an expensive menu but we discovered a bacon, sausage and egg bap that did the job. Good coffee as well. The route home was fairly standard. Yapham, Elvington, Wheldrake, Crocky Hill, Copmanthorpe etc. A great day out and we did a pretty good job of avoiding motor bikes and Sunday drivers. Hope for more weather like this.
Graham