Three of us (James, Karl and Luke) all had a day off work on Tuesday, so what better way to relax than go for an impromtu long’un out into the heart of Wharfedale….
We kicked off as usual from St Aidans and made for Little Almscliff, before then going over the A59 at Menwith and the long climb up Duck Street to the top of Greenhow Hill. The conditions were perfect for a day in the saddle, light winds and the sun shining. The views from the top of Greenhow were spectacular as we then made our way down to Grassington for a quick stop for supplies before heading to Burnsall for what we hoped would be elevenses. Unfortunately the Wharfe Valley cafe was shut due to the Kilnsey Show, so we continued with our planned route and headed through Appletreewick and onto the Cavendish Pavillion at Bolton Abbey for what would now be a lunch stop.
After re-mortgaging our house to pay for the sandwiches we made our way towards the Abbey, but were stopped in our tracks very quickly as James fell foul to a dodgy cattle grid and went over his handlebars. Thankfully nothing was damaged too badly, so we continued our way past Addingham and into Ilkley. From Ilkley we then head up to Askwith and onto Otley, Pool, Castley and Weeton before crossing the A61 and climbing to Kirkby Overblow. At this point we all decided to extend the ride and head down to Wetherby, where we left Karl and James and Luke returned to Harrogate via Spofforth and Follifoot.
An epic ride of just over 75 miles!!
View the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/46986105