Ride Report – Thursday 20th June – Burnsall – 69 miles

A fine group of riders met in the Shambles on a day promising great weather, comprising Steve W (Leader), Sean F, Michael B, Greg C, Neil P, Kathy V, Pete D, Glyn F and me, Phil W. It was good to see Glyn after time off through injury, to join us for part of the ride. Steve W had chosen a challenging route, shorter than normal but with the aim of returning in time to watch the England V Denmark game, for those who wanted to. As a result, he planned a single lunch stop at Burnsall being circa 69 miles return, with around 5,000 feet of climbing along a scenic route within the Yorkshire Dales.

We left Wetherby following the normal route west to Sicklinghall, towards Kirby Overblow but turning left down Kearby Cliff towards the Harrogate/Leeds A61road junction where we met Ian. We cycled to Dunkeswick, Weeton, down Wescoe Hill Lane, turning left through Castley and along the River Wharfe towards Poole-in-Wharfdale. We cycled towards Leathley, turning left to climb Farnley Lane, into the outskirts of Otley, where Glyn headed home as planned. The remaining group continued north of the river though Weston, Askwith and along Denton Lane into Ilkley. Staying along the north and east of the Wharfe we passed Ilkley Golf Club, cycled through Beamsley, turning left at the A59 junction towards Bolton Bridge, at this point Ian left us to head back towards Harrogate.

On leaving Bolton Bridge we took the direct, picturesque route to Burnsall, passing the Tithe Barn, Barden Tower, Bolton Abbey and arriving at the Riverside Cafe in Burnsall, for a well earned lunch. On leaving we took the climb to Appletreewick, with Simon’s Seat to our right, where Sean F left the group to head home. The remaining riders continued the climb up New Road to the Hebden Road junction, past Stump Cross Caverns and through Greenhow turning south east along Redlish Road where at 50 miles, yours truly had a puncture. Thanks to all for waiting and especially to Pete D and Greg C for helping out! We later crossed the A59, before turning along Penny Pot Lane, down Pot Bank, through Burn Bridge before heading to Kirby Overblow, Sicklinghall and into Wetherby, arriving before 4pm.

Those who wanted to watch the game, did so….but it was not as enjoyable as the ride! Thanks to Steve, a great route and we made the most of a sunny day.

Phil W