For our ride this week, we teamed up with Shutt VR for a slightly longer ride than normal out to Masham. Thirteen intrepid souls gathered in very cold and wet conditions for the trip and we set off in the direction of Knaresborough, before turning off towards Farnham, Burton Leonard and Markington. Just before Markington Malcolm left us to head back into Harrogate, and the rest continued out towards Fountains Abbey, where Jamie left us to get back for some Sunday lunch!!.
We went up past Fountains and over the B6265 before commencing the first real climb of the day into Winksley. By now the weather was improving, but we were headed into a very cold northerly head wind, so thoughts were turning to coffee and cakes in Masham. After going through Kirkby Malzeard and into Grewelthorpe we headed up the drag out of Grewelthorpe, before a nice long fast descent and run in to Masham and the Suncatchers Cafe.
After the usual high standard of coffee, cakes and bacon sarnies, it was back in the saddles for the return trip via Nosterfield, Thornborough, Wath, Ripon, Littlethorpe and Bishop Monkton. This terrain was nice and flat and the tiring legs were helped by a tailwind. After Bishop Monkton we re-traced our steps back through Farnham and Knaresborough, before finishing the ride back at St Aidans.
A really nice 52 mile ride, with good company and thanks Simon @ Shutt for joining us and well done to Emma for making the trip from Hebden Bridge!!
View the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/57562763