Tour De Dales Sunday 10th May 2015.
This was the group’s second ride out of 2015. Setting off from Conyers, Yarm.
The skies were a bit grey and the roads a little damp but we had 9 bikes, one with a pillion. Our lead rider for the day was Andy Varga. Tail end Charlie was Robin.
Our first stop of the day was to be the biker cafe, on the main street in Hawes. We headed off from Yarm on to Richmond and after a new route through Richmond we made progress west to Reeth, on route we came across one of the many large puddles of the day. We meandered our way up Swaledale via Muker to find our turn off on the left, then up and over the Buttertubs Pass and down in to Hawes.
Busy as always with bikers and cyclists the sun was trying it’s best to shine with the temperature getting to a comfortable level for the time of year. At Hawes two bikes had to return to Teesside ( work commitments ) so the rest of us headed off again west, this next section of road from Hawes to the Ribblehead Viaduct is a fine section of fine sweeping bends and great views over the moors, next on to Ingleton to bear left on the A65, not a bad road but busy and a lot of double white lines so it was steady progress down in to Skipton, passing on the way, canals and wet lands, keeping the dales on our left, just north of Skipton we doubled back on ourselves using the A6265 to the A6160 to the normal stop off at Kettlewell, but on this occasion we pressed on over the tops with some more of those big puddles; it must have chucked it down over night but we had no rain whilst we were riding. For our next stop we ended up at the manor cafe at Bellerby for an afternoon cuppa which, was much welcomed.
Here we all thanked Andy for a great days riding, and followed him back to Conyers, with bikes leaving the group as and when they wanted to. I clocked about 170 miles in total.