The mist had descend on us yesterday, with a cold, grey and damp start to the day as the peleton gathered for the off. After a couple of flat rides over recent weeks, we headed out of Harrogate with Greenhow Hill and Pateley Bridge our target. We also welcomed a new rider, Mike along for the first time.
The initial pace was steady as we went up to Little Almscliff Crag and on past the Sun Inn before crossing the A59. We then started the slow and steady climb up Duck Street where the group started to fragment a bit. We came back together at the top of Greenhow Hill before a cautious descent down into Pateley for our coffee stop. Thankfully new owners had taken over the Lemon Merinque Tea Room, so we dived in out of the cold for a well earned break.
The return back to Harrogate still involved plenty of climbing though. We stopped quickly at Stif Bikes in Summerbridge, before then turning off to Dacre, Darley, Birstwith and Hampsthwaite. Alex then said he knew a quiet route back into Harrogate, which we all agreed to….little did we know it involved some steep sections of the Duchy!! Thanks Alex!! Anyway, we all got back into Harrogate in one piece.
A really nice ride, but a shame we couldn’t see much.
View the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/55009448