Great ride yesterday with Rob and James being joined by Lyn who came up from Sheffield and Paul who came over from Calverley – great to have you along guys!
Kicked the ride off by heading out from Harrogate to Penny Pot before dropping down into Hampsthwaite and onto Shaw Mills, Markington and past Fountains Abbey. From there it was over the main Ripon road through the villages towards Masham. The Suncatchers Cafe caught our attention in Masham where we stopped for some brunch to get our legs back before the long climb upto Lofthouse summit. This was brutal in places with the gradient hitting 22% on a couple of occassions. Lyn was struggling with his gears as they would not engage properly and the language was brilliant!!
A speedy descent down the other side in Lofthouse then saw us take the nice flat route down through Upper Nidderdale past Gouthwaite Resevoir to Pateley Bridge, for another quick tea stop. From Pateley we took the Harrogate Road to Summerbridge before cutting up to Darley and returning to Harrogate through Hampsthwaite and Penny Pot again.
The ride was a fantastic way to spend a nice, crisp autumnal day and enjoy some breathtaking scenery, even though some pain had to be endured in places.
Check the route out here: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/16461177