Wednesday 14th October ‘Bowland and Dentdale’ Rideout

David Haywood is leading this ride through Bowland and Dentdale on Wednesday 14th October meeting at Ripley car park 9.15am for 9.30am start.

Number of riders limited to six with spaces currently available. Please contact David on 07779214331.

Morning and lunch rest stops to be confirmed. Please note you have personal responsibility for your eligibility to take part in group rides. John Blanchfield sent a post out a few days ago with the words ‘I want to emphasise therefore the strict need to ensure social distancing throughout the rides especially at coffee/lunch stops etc. and that no one should turn up at a HAB ride if their local lockdown circumstances prohibit it’. The below links will give you some help in your decision.

The details of stops will follow but bring your own food if you prefer. Please arrive with full tanks but if necessary a fuel stop can be factored in.

As always it should be a great ride, let’s wish for good weather!

See you there!


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HAB Ride Out Update

Dear Fellow Club Members

I hope you and your families are all well and coping with the difficulties the COVID situation is throwing at us. We are at least lucky that we are all still able to ride our bikes and enjoy the sense of freedom and fresh air this gives us.

As you are aware the regular Group ride outs have been somewhat curtailed by the requirement to limit number of participants to 6. Furthermore the recent further lockdown restrictions in many parts of our district has meant that 2 of our proposed rides have had to be cancelled owing to leaders not being able to take part.

This situation has lead to the matter being raised at the recent Club committee with a view to determining whether these rides should be halted at the present time of escalating COVID cases. It was eventually concluded however that we should continue, taking care to abide strictly to Government, and accordingly IAM, guidance/law. I want to emphasise therefore the strict need to ensure social distancing throughout the rides especially at coffee/lunch stops etc. and that no one should turn up at a HAB ride if their local lockdown circumstances prohibit it.

Given the reduced number of ride leaders now available it is most likely that the calendar of monthly rides will not be as regular as normal but Barry Ring, our ride out coordinator, will do his best to keep things going. Once again I would ask for anyone able to lead a ride to contact Barry with their availability.

The Committee will constantly monitor the situation and endeavour to give everyone the best riding opportunities available.

Best wishes
John Blanchfield
Chairman HAB

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Place Available on Sunday 27th Sept Ride

Hi All,

A spare place has opened up for the September ride to the lake district.

Please email if you are interested.


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Welcome Andy Martin to the Group

I’m a General Manager for Whitbread Restaurants, and have been managing a pub in Harrogate for the last 18 years, having been with the Company for the best part of 30 years. 

My first foray into biking was at aged 20 when I bought a second-hand Suzuki RGB125 Gamma from a friend of a friend, in order to facilitate a commute to work – with no instruction (I only had my car license at the time) and even less mechanical skill, I’m afraid my relationship with that bike was short-lived, and so began a rather large break from biking! 22 years later my girlfriend really wanted to ride, so we both completed a CBT together, and I fell back in love with riding. 

The purchase of a Derbi Terra Adventure 125 ensued to build our “biker sense”, and 6 months later I had my full A license.  My first “big bike” was a 2002 VFR 800, and as much as I loved that bike, the riding position wasn’t for me, so when the time came to change, I went for a brand new Tiger 800 XRT, and have recently progressed to a Tiger 900 GT Pro. 

As we both live where we work, riding is purely for pleasure, whether that be in the form of a midweek ride out (in between school runs), or a longer tour a little further afield. In terms of further learning, a few years ago, at the suggestion of an old scuba diving buddy (your very own Richard Stembrovic), I completed the Bike Safe course, and have since also completed Machine Control 1 & 2 with i2i Motorcycle Training in York. 

I’m really looking forward to developing my skills with HAB in order to keep both myself and other road users as safe as possible, whilst maximising the enjoyment I receive from my machine.

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Monday 14th September Evening Ride Out

Hi All

In the absence of our late summer evening meeting a quick run out from Harrogate to firm favourite The Wetherby Whaler, Guiseley is planned for Monday evening. To make the most of the available daylight the meeting time at Dragon Road Lorry Park Harrogate is from 18.00 with a set off time at 18.30.

A short ride with a mixture of terrain. Setting off from Dragon Road via Beckwithshaw, Fewston and on to the A59 at Blubberhouses, down to Beamsley and up over Howber Hill to Ilkley. Up past the Cow & Calf , Menston, Hawksworth and into Guiseley for our well deserved fish & chips!

The weather forecast for Monday is good so make the most of the late summer with this final evening ride out.*

I hope you can make it. Please get in touch with Barry on 07847 786608 to book one of the six available spaces*.

*Subject to demand another run can also be arranged on a different evening next week. Please ask.

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September Rideout Lakeland Motor Museum and Lakes Ride (27th September)

For this ride you ride leader will be Paul Dresser with Martin Pettitt as tail ender. The route has been done before and is one of our longer ‘all day’ rides. Unfortunately the most efficient way of getting to the lakes and doing it within the day is to go straight out on the A65.

For now and until further guidance number limited to 6, will advise if this changes.

There has already been significant interest in this ride. I will be running a recce ride on the 12th September so would be happy for a limited number of qualified Advanced Riders to join me. It would be hoped that some people wanting to come on the ride would join me on the 12th freeing up space for associates and other members on the 27th, Please contact me at to let me know.

If we set off at 9.30am then we should hit the Devils Bridge first stop for 10.30 am. There is a coffee/sandwich van and toilets over the Bridge. A popular bikers stop so there should be a few bikes there. If anybody wants to meet us there they can join the ride from that point. Please let me know.

Next stop is Lakeland Motor Museum, it’s a short hop from Devils Bridge and we should be there before noon. This will give us enough time for a walk around the museum before lunch in the excellent cafe. Entry to the museum is £9 ( There is advanced booking only to the museum so numbers will need to be advised in advance.

From there we head up around the back of Windermere towards Ambleside, running back down the other side, through Kendal, Sedburgh to Hawes, re-fuelling just outside Windermere. Due to the length of the ride I plan a rest/toilet stop at Hawes.

From there we head back through the Dales via Ribblehead viaduct, Horton In Ribblesdale, Grassington, Pateley Bridge, finishing the ride at Ripley around 4.30 pm.

GPX File : Here (click this link and in the new page right click on ‘lakes-ride’ and save link as)

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September Wednesday Ride Re-Run

Due to popular demand David Haywood has kindly offered to re-run the Wednesday 2nd September ride again on Tuesday 8th. Places are limited so please contact David on 07779 214331 as soon as you can to reserve a place.

For full details please visit and view the previous post.

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Its Wednesday of the month Ride Out Sept 2nd

North York Moors- Rosedale Abbey

David Haywood is all geared up to lead September’s first Wednesday of the month’s ride to Rosedale Abbey.

Meet at Morrison’s car park in Boroughbridge 9.15am for 9.30am set off with full fuel tanks. The first section of the route goes through Rainton and Busby Stoop before break time stopping in Thirsk Market Square for refreshments at one of the cafes. YO7 1TF

After leaving Thirsk on to Felixkirk-Peak Scar-B1257 north-Chop Gate-Kildare-Castleton-Rosedale Abbey for the lunch stop.

Lunch: Abbey Stores and Tearoom or Graze on the Green Cafe. YO18 8SA

After Lunch off to Rosedale Chimney-Hutton-le-Hole-Lund-Bransdale-Helmsley-Harome-Nunnington-Hovingham-Husthwaite-Asenby-Cundall and finishing at Morrisons in Boroughbridge.

In total 125 miles.

Usual rules with IAM guidelines of course-Six Riders-social distancing rules apply-masks in shops-use hand sanitiser-even bring your own food- use your common sense and but above all enjoy your day.

Please phone or text 07779214331 to book a space.

All the best


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Upcoming HAB Ride Outs

Hi All

I hope most of you have had a chance to get out on one of the recent HAB ride outs. Thanks very much to all the ride leaders and tail end Charlies for their hard work.

As I’m sure you are aware the current limit set by the IAM for group ride out numbers have to be kept to six or less. We have had requests for ride leader’s contact details to be published once the ride is decided in an effort to give everyone an equal chance of booking a space. HAB members can view the event calendar on the website where details of the rides are published and will now include a telephone number to ring or text to book as soon as the leader is confirmed.

We have had a great response with ride leaders readily coming forward since the Covid-19 lockdown has eased. Hopefully we can continue to put on additional rides or groups over a weekend and will happily consider new rides/ideas/alternative weekends and encourage new leaders (full HAB members) to copy the route or lead their own alternative rides on the same day. GPX files can be shared for your Garmin or Tom-tom satnav units.


Barry Ring 07847786608

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Welcome Amanda Hambling to the group.

After being a pillion for many thousands of miles I finally passed my Mod 1 and 2 class A last year age 58. I then shipped a Honda CB500X with my partners Triumph 800XC to New Zealand. We arrived 30th November and spent 4 months and for me 7000 miles (Clive did 12,000) travelling the North and South islands. I am currently riding a Kawasaki Z250SL and have also bought a DR350 and done a couple of easy green lanes. So much to do so little time! I am looking forward to gaining more experience and meeting up with club members. The photo is South Island on the way to Mount Cook.

Cheers, Amanda

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