Easter Sunday Ride Out April 21st

The start will be as normal at ASDA 9.00 for 9.30 start with the full tank you will need to complete a 160 mile ride (opportunities to fill up available for bikes with a shorter range).

The ride, led by Bob Hill, will be interesting, covering several different types of road as it snakes it’s way through to Middleton-in-Teesdale.  Setting off north we will ride through Bedale and Richmond for a comfort and refreshment stop at Piercebridge.  For those interested in history, Piercebridge was the site of a Roman bridge, located as we enter the village from the south.  Go straight on at the first right angle bend!

From Piercebridge we will make our way to Stanhope in Weardale after enjoying the windy route across Hamsterley Common.  Travelling west we go back over the moors past Weardale Ski Club with England’s longest ski slope!

Can you spot it?

We join the Alston road past High Force into Middleton In Teesdale for a lunch stop in one of the many cafes (90Miles).

Our return is via Bough, Tan Hill, Reeth and Leyburn before taking the back roads through to Ripley for a well-earned ice cream amongst the Easter Holiday crowds.  Please note that this route may change depending on the recce ride next week. Final route will be given at the briefing on Sunday.  Tail End will be covered by Barry Ring.

The weather forecast is looking good so I hope you can all tear yourselves away from the Easter Eggs etc. to enjoy a great ride.


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HAB Monday 8th April Meeting

We were planning a short ride out this coming Monday but have managed to arrange a speaker from Biker Down North Yorkshire instead.

A few of us have attended the Biker Down first aid/road safety course recently and and I’m very pleased to say their team leader Fiona Ancell has agreed to do a short presentation to our group at the Bilton Cricket Club.

The meeting will be at the usual time 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. The Biker Down presentation will start straight after any club news and an introduction from Peter Smith (standing in for John who is unable to attend).

Further Information on Biker Down can be found with these links:

Biker Down


Fiona is doing this in her own time, and if you are a member of HAB you must be interested in road safety, so please do come along to this meeting if you can.

Bolton Cricket Club’s splendid food will be served at the usual time.

Looking forward to seeing as many as possible on Monday night.

All the best.


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April Sunday Ride Leader Needed

Hi Everyone,

Lots of our colleagues have come forward in 2018 and this year so far to lead our Sunday Ride Outs, some of them for the first time. Thank you very much to them for doing that.

Our Sunday April 21st Ride Out is still in dire need of a leader. Have a think about coming forward with your favourite day ride especially if you have not led a ride before. Full support can be given. Advice about routes, planning suitable stops, safety rules and guidance on turn marking.

There is also several opportunities to lead one of our summer Monday evening rides starting May 13th if you want to ease yourself in gently.

Don’t be shy! Please get in touch if you would like to give it a go.

barrya.ring@gmail.com or just ask me at the next meeting.

Useful links for ride planning.


Other Advanced Bike Groups publish their ride out guidelines. You can access through the IAM website and then go to the individual group website.

Best regards.


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Mid Week Ride Out Wednesday 3rd April

Meet Morrisons car park, Boroughbridge from 9am for a 9.30am start.

From Boroughbridge we’ll head east through Linton On Ouse before crossing the A19 at Shipton by Beningborough to join the B1363 northwards then the B1257 to Hovingham.

        Morning coffee: Rolling Pin Café, Hovingham YO62 4LG.

Continue east for a couple of miles on B1257 before turning right at Slingsby passing Castle Howard then crossing the A64 to pick up some interesting minor roads avoiding Malton.

At Wharram Le Street we turn left joining the B1248 before turning right to Settrington and on to Scagglethorpe.

   Lunch stop: The Ham & Cheese Inn, Scagglethorpe YO17 8DY.

After plenty of ham and cheese.  The return journey starts with a brief couple of miles east on the A64 before turning right at Rillington.

On to West Lutton then turning right on Croome passing Sledmere House and on to Wetwang where we’ll join the B1248.

Turning right on the B1246 we’ll ride west to Warter then the minor road south to the A614.

On to Holme on Spalding Moor then the A163 through North Duffield before turning left on A19 and skirting round the north of Selby.

B1223 to Ulleskelf and on into Tadcaster, Boston Spa and Wetherby, then the B6164 to Knaresborough where the ride will finish at St. James’ Retail Park.

Finish: St. James’ Retail Park, Knaresborough HG5 8PZ.

Route length: 145 miles.

David Haywood will lead this ride.

Tail-end Charlie to be press ganged on the day.

Hope to see you on Wednesday.


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MotoGP Highlights Available On Quest

Hi Folks,

Just in case you are like me and too tight to pay for motorsport live on TV. I’ve been scratching around for highlights of MOTGP and those lovely people at Quest have come up trumps, showing the highlights on Monday nights.  I didn’t realise out until I opened my Motorcycle News today, so watched it catch-up on the Quest website. Brilliant racing!

I hope that’s helpful to all you Yorkshire people!

All the best.


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March 17th HAB Sunday Ride Out

Next Sunday’s ride out is lead by yours truly ably assisted by Roy Beniston, tail end Charlie, meeting at the usual place, ASDA lorry park at 9.00am with a prompt set off 9.30am.

The planned route is west on the A59 to Bolton Bridge, with a brief stop off at the A59 Cafe for any HAB members who want to join us there (please send me a text before Sunday 07847 786608).

After a quick return to the roundabout at Bolton Bridge, turn left on the B6160 past Bolton Abbey, all the way up to Buckden, taking a left for Hubberholme, going up over the tops and down the long hill to Gayle and Hawes.  Morning break stop is at the Wensleydale creamery (DL8 3RN).

After tea and buns we are going west on a simple route on the A684 towards Sedbergh and then north to the award winning Westmoreland Services located just off the M6/A685 (CA10 3SB) for a hearty Sunday lunch at a reasonable price.  Fuel available here too, also not expensive.

After lunch we are off homeward again, east on the A685, towards Kirkby Stephen, but cutting off right through Nateby.  Too be honest, this next portion of the route is not set in stone.  On the reccy we came across a couple of road closures, so I will research a little further before making a decision.  Nevertheless, we will skirt around Leyburn onto the A6108 towards Ripon.

Planned final stop is Ripley for an ice cream. I will take a poll at lunch for an alternative finish at Brymore Ice Cream just after Jervaulx if members prefer.

Roy and I did a very enjoyable reecy on Monday. The weather was beautiful and the hills snow covered. The weather forecast this week, as you will already know, is not looking so good, so I will keep you posted of any change in plans. Fingers crossed!

Distance 150 miles approx. expected arrival back at Ripley 4.00-4.30.

Hope to see you all there.

All the best.


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AGM Monday 11th March

Just a reminder that this comming Monday 11th March is our AGm at the Bilton Cricket Club.

Would be great if we had a good turnout. Look forward to seeing you all.


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Wednesday 6th March Ride-Hebden Bridge & Holmfirth

Andrew & Bob are taking this ride.

Hebden Bridge & Holmfirth – 50’s styled Café & Classic Car Workshop Run

Oil Can Cafe & Carding Shed
Hebden Bridge & Holmfirth – 50’s styled Café & Classic Car Workshop Run

Our March Wednesday ride will meet at 0915 for a 0930 start at the Route 59 café (near Bolton Abbey). BD23 6AF

We bypass Skipton, then we head for Carleton & Colne, Widdop Moor, for coffee at Hebden Bridge.

After our break we set off for Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale, Baitings, Delph, Saddleworth Moor & onto The Carding Shed HD9 2RD for lunch (1 mile south of Holmfirth).

The Carding Shed (aka Oil Can Café) is located within Washpit Mills, an old textile mill, and is a 50’s styled cafe, with Classic Car repair workshop & showroom. Not to be missed.

After lunch, we head south to Bradfield, then north via Deepcar to finish at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park WF4 4JX (free parking for bikes).

Total 100 miles to YSP.  It’s a further 37 miles to the A1 Junction 47 ( A59 ) via M1.

Andrew will lead onto the M1 should anyone wish. Stay on M1 north for the A1 & Harrogate etc.

Looking forward to seeing you all on yet another fantastic HAB ride.

All the best.


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HAB 2-day trip to the Lakes – Weds 5th-Thurs 6th June 2019

Hi All

Following the success of our 2-day trip to the Borders last year, we’re organising a similar event to the Lake District this June.

The venue this year is the Skelwith Bridge Hotel situated about 3 miles west of Ambleside. I’ve stayed here a number of times over the years and as recently as last October.  It’s a very pleasant hotel with excellent food and in a very attractive location.

The exact route isn’t finalised yet but it’s likely to head north from Harrogate, then west through Alston before entering the west Lakes.  Moving on from the Cockermouth area, over to Honister Pass, and then arriving at the hotel.

On the second day the intention is to do Wrynose Pass and Hard Knott Pass before returning homewards over Cold Fell.  Full route details will follow nearer the time.

The cost of the hotel is £74 per person on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis with a deposit of £25 required to secure.

If you would like to join the group, please let me know as soon as you can. Also advise if you’re happy to share a twin room or would prefer a single room.

Rooms are limited so please contact me asap as availability will have to be on a first come, first served basis.

Hope you can join us!


David Haywood

PS. My bank details for the deposit are:

Account no:        73133325

Sort code:           09-01-28

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Notice of 2019 HAB AGM 11th March 7.30 PM Bilton Cricket Club

Notice of AGM

M E ET IN G D AT E: M ON D AY   1 1 T H M AR C H 2 0 1 9 , 7 : 3 0 – 8 : 4 5 P M

L O C A T I O N:  B I L T O N C R I C K E T C L U B

Agenda Items.


Approval of the 2018 minutes:

Amendments to the agenda:

Chairman’s report:

Secretaries report:

Treasurer report:

Election of officers

  • Chairman
  • vice chairman
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

chief observer report

Committee members:

ride-out coordinator:

Subscription payments:

Any other business:

Date of next AGM set.

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