A record 13 of us set off for a hilly out to Pateley Bridge led by Malcolm, including 2 new faces Rob and Darryl – welcome both. At Beckwithshaw he took us along a private road (keep that one quiet!), which led to Norwood Lane from where we headed to Fewston onto the A59 and then right up to Thruscross Reservoir. After this hilly bit …we turned right to Braithwaite and then left downhill past Yorke’s Folly to Pateley Bridge for coffee n’cake at the Lemon Meringue. Having lost Alex earlier he rejoined us here along with James who was on babysitting duties & came in the car.
After coffee Malcolm led us up the very steep climb of Old Church Street and then the nice descent before Brimham Rocks to Ripley where some of us topped up the carbs with an ice cream. A gentle roll back to Harrogate via Knox Mill completed a route of approx 38 miles which was v hilly, v beautiful, and a lot of fun. Wildlife watch: 1 deer, 1 hare, 1 squashed frog.
View the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/71536318