We signed off from May in style tonight, with some gorgeous spring sunshine, although there was still a slight chill in the air and the wind was still there!! Duncan had come dressed for summer and was shivering at the start, so Dave kindly nipped back to get him some armwarmers. By the time we were ready to depart, there was 14 of us, which I think might be a record for a night ride.
A route out into Lower Nidderdale was agreed, so we set off up the Otley Road and along Penny Pot Lane where we turned right at the end and headed past Menwith Hill, before dropping down into Darley. We then followed the road alongside the river into Birstwith before heading up Clint Bank and then dropping down into Hampsthwaite. By now the attention was being drawn to a post ride recovery pint, so we made our way out of Hampsthwaite up and over the A59 and back to Penny Pot. Instead of the direct route back, we turned right and went up the short and steep climb of Pot Bank, turning left in Beckwithshaw, before then making for the New Inn on the Otley Road for a recovery Guinness (coffee in Jamie’s case).
View the route here: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/89312891