7 of us set out for a ride around the Norwood area and back, which managed to avoid going up the Norwood Hill. We headed out of Harrogate via the usual Brackenthwaite Lane route following it all way to the end where we turned right and then left down Norwood Lane. At the end we turned right and turned towards Norwood but heading in the downhill direction. Instead of plummeting straight down Malcolm took us right down to Dob Park which had fantastic views over the valley towards Fewston and some fantastic roller coaster riding (potholes were a bit of a hazard though).
We then rode down the bottom section of the hill and then over the road towards Leathley, Stainburn turning right up the long hill after North Rigton and then a quick blast past Little Almscliff Crag with the dropping temperature making itself felt by now. Back into Harrogate via Burnbridge.
Ride was 29.5 miles at a brisk 15.6 mph average.