The promise of warm sunshine and a little breeze brought out over 20 riders for today’s social ride. The 50 miler route was one of the club’s favourites: from Gargrave to Hetton and Cracoe, up and down Littondale from Arncliffe and then round the Buckden Triangle, Cafe stop at Kettlewell and then down the dale to Linton via Grass Woods and Rylstone. A shorter version followed the same roads to Kilnsey and returned the same way.
There were 11 in the faster group, closely followed by the other 11. Caran and Adrienne left the group at Kilnsey to do the 30 miler and Jacquie joined us at Kettlewell having missed the start time because of heavy traffic.
The dales’ roads were busy with much more traffic then usual as it is the Bank Holiday weekend and for once, good weather! So it was a relief to get off the B6265 at Kilnsey and head up Littondale to Arncliffe on the quieter stretch of road. The show ground at Kilnsey was in an advanced state of readiness for the event on Tuesday and several groups of climbers were scaling the Crag in the warm sunshine.
After that glorious stretch of Dales scenery to Hubberholm, riding at a decent pace, both groups met up in the Village Tea Rooms in Kettlewell and enjoyed an al fresco lunch.
Some opted for an extended ride down the dale to the Cav Pav for ice creams on the return. A few called in for “other refreshments” or the usual post ride coffee and cake at the Clubhouse. Clearly a day to record as one of the finest Saturday rides of a generally disappointing summer!