A group of thirteen riders met for this morning’s outing to Howstean Gorge.
Headed out of Harrogate by the Army College and Pennypot , where at the end of the lane it was realised that Harry and Matthew were no longer with us. Harry had punctured and was some way back with Matthew staying to help out.
The main group carried on over the A59 and past Menwith to turn up Duck Street with a strong cross wind buffeting our progress. The climb to the top of Greenhow was tough as the wind had now been joined by squally rain. We descended gingerly into Pateley down the Old Greenhow Hill which was slippy and challenging due to the water and gravel on the road surface. The weather had improved by now making the picturesque run by Gouthwaite reservoir to Ramsgill and Lofthouse uplifting.
Howstean Gorge tearoom was excellent with quick service, large portions and Harry and Matthew sitting waiting for us having got there by a different route but 15 minutes earlier. Back to one group, we retraced our steps to Pateley Bridge and then turned down the valley through Bewerley to Glasshouses where we joined the B6165 to Summerbridge. Turned towards Dacre, Darley and Birstwith before the fast descent to Hampsthwaite where it was noted that Harrogate Council in a crude attempt to destroy evidence had filled in ‘Martin’s Pothole’.
Arrived back into Harrogate over Knox Ford where some headed home whilst others continued to spoil themselves at Cafe Rosso.
All enjoyed the new destination. Another top CCC ride of around 52 miles.