Finally after a few weeks of intended rides to Pateley Bridge, we actually managed to get there! Five of us set off heading out through Beckwithshaw and up past Little Almscliffe Crag, before crossing over the A59 and the long slog up Duck Street to the top of Greenhow Hill. We kept a steady pace to the top and were greeted by some fantastic views over Upper Nidderdale.
We agreed to take Peat Lane down into Pateley to avoid the main road, but Karl and Paul were too keen and headed straight down, but the rest of us took the side lane, which got very steep near the bottom and James was nearly taken out by a cat bolting across the road. We arrived in Pateley to find the Lemon Meringue tea room shut, so we found alternative coffee and food in a nice cafe up the High Street.
After recharging the batteries, we headed out of Pateley and up to Brimham Rocks via the Ripon Road. From Brimham we had a great fast descent down to Burnt Yates and, then down Bedlam Hill for another quick stop in Ripley, before returning to Harrogate via Knox Mill Lane.
View the route here: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/43620341