Meet Ripley car park from 9.00am for a 9.30am start.
The route takes us first due north to Bedale passing the Fountains Abbey estate, Kirkby Malzeard, West Tanfield, Well and on into Bedale for a Coffee stop: The North End Café, Bedale DL8 1AF
After coffee head west on the A684 to Leyburn, turning right at the top of the market square then left on the minor road, passing the MOD ranges, and on to Grinton, turning left to Reeth.
From Reeth we’ll continue due west on the B6270 up Swaledale to Nateby before skirting the southern edge of Kirkby Stephen to take the A685, with a left shortly afterwards to Ravenstonedale and our Lunch stop: The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale CA17 4NG
The return journey heads east to pick up the B6259 south to the A684, turning right at the Moorcock Inn for a mile or so then left at Gardale Head and on to Ribblehead, where it’s left again south on the B6479.
At Little Stainforth we turn left to Foxup, Litton, Arncliffe before joining the B6265 and on to Kilnsey. Continuing south and eventually meeting the A59 where we turn left to the Bolton Abbey roundabout, then left again to the Abbey Tea Rooms and the end of the route.
Total distance as described: 135 miles.
David Haywood will lead the ride out with Tail Ender to be appointed on the day.
I’m looking at my weather forecast now and it’s predicting 4.8 hours of sunshine, 10% chance of less than 0.1mm rain and a heady 9ºC. What could be a better day for getting the bike out?
See you next Wednesday!