Bike Bus Ride – Sunday 27th April 2014

We meet at Cottingham Green at 8 am. There are 2 drop off points, Boroughbridge for the M group & Thorp Arch Rawcliffe for the E group.

The cost is £10 which is payable on the bus. Brian has chosen to go through some countryside which is very attractive & new to most of us. Please try & come as we can only arrange these rides if we get your support.

PS – Brian has ridden much of the planned route and thoroughly recommends it:

I had arranged to meet Dudley at Thorpe Arch near Wetherby where we were joined by some other friends of mine, John from Sheffield, Brian from Huddersfield and David from Wakefield. We decided to have tea/coffee and toasted teacakes in the cafe before departing. The day was foggy and very cold, the forecast promised sunshine later. Leaving Thorpe Arch along a cycle track we made our way towards Wetherby on a good surface. It was nice to hear the birds singing their Spring songs once again and the trees along the way were starting to green up (Spring is in the air!!).

Reaching Wetherby we left the cycle track only to join it again as we left town this time we were making for Spofforth when out of the mist appeared a spaniel, running towards Dudley like something out of the Hounds of the Baskervilles, but with a few oohs and aahs and a wipe of his forehead he managed to avoid it.

Arriving at Spofforth we took the Harrogate road for a short while, then the road to Little Ribston and on to Knaresborough. Taking the road alongside the river just past the Lido campsite we came upon a large tree stump with a wonderful carving of a kingfisher also noting the Troglodite houses in the cliffs on our right. Just below the castle on the riverside we stopped for coffee.

Leaving Knaresborough on the A6055 for a short while we turned left to Farnham, Staveley, Minskip and Boroughbridge where we had our lunch.

On the day the ride will commence from Boroughbridge. Leaving Boroughbridge on the B6265 after a short distance we turned left to Aldborough, Lower Dunsforth, Upper Dunsforth, just before Ouseburn we passed on our left Queen Ethelburga's College, next came Thorpe Underwood, Cattal, Walton and then back to Thorpe Arch for more tea then home. [There is second option as an alternative route if the weather is unkind to us.]

As this is a new venue we hope you can come along and enjoy the ride.

Brian.

Note the change of drop off/departure point for the E group. The ride back now starts at Rawcliffe rather than Thorp Arch as originally advertised.

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