Previous Trips

Hutton Rudby to Kildale - Weds 20 April

Posted by Graham Banks on 2016-04-22
This was a ride I’d postponed from the Winter programme due to poor icy conditions. 
Thankfully it proved a perfect sunny Spring day for it, with clear views, blue skies, golden daffodils and lambs frolicking.

Appleton Wiske to the mouth of the Tees

Posted by Peter Bennison on 2016-04-11

Steve led five of us from rural Appleton Wiske through urban Stockton and Hartlepool to the beautiful mouth of the river Tees.

We covered a flattish fifty-five miles of which over 60% was on designated cycle paths (some of which need further work) through the built up areas 
and along the river at Stockton-on-Tees where we stopped at the Tees Barrage cafe for a quick coffee. Continuing through Billingham to Greatham and the bird sanctuary at Saltholme for lunch.

Mark's 65th birthday ride on 13th March 2016

Posted by Bernadine McDonald on 2016-03-29

Liz's Spring Rides from Brompton, Northallerton

Posted by Bernadine McDonald on 2016-03-28
On Wednesday 24th February, Liz led a ride to Scruton, with a healthy turn-out of 15 in total, including two new-comers, Sheila and Vicky. Besides Liz and myself, the other riders were Ken, Mark, Pauline, Carol, James, Barbara, John, Judith, Graham, Jenny, Yvonne and Peter C.

March results for Fifty Shades of Cafe

Posted by Peter Bennison on 2016-03-27

With all of the rides that were completed in the 1st quarter of this year included we have now reviewed 28 Cafes in total.

Jill's Ride from Leyburn 23rd March 2016

Posted by Bernadine McDonald on 2016-03-25
Jill, David, James, Barbara, Sarah, Yvonne, Jenny, Mark, Bernadine, Peter T, Peter C and Colin gathered in Leyburn.

Ravensworth 16 March 2016

Posted by Yvonne Armitage on 2016-03-22

Nine riders met in Ravensworth and were able to enjoy a very pleasant ride with some almost dry but dirty lanes. The route took us through to Smallways where we crossed over the A66 then onwards to Whorlton. Across the A67 and a series of very nice, quiet roads via Little Newsham and Langton brought us to Piercebridge where we lunched at Sam Turners.

A short section of the busy Roman Road followed before we turned off to Manfield and Cleasby and then a short, sharp uphill led to Barton and a bit of a grind through to Melsonby.

Coverdale - Saturday 27th February

Posted by Graham Banks on 2016-03-03
A pop-up ride was prompted by a good weather forecast and to offer an alternative to Seathwaite for those unable to attend.

February results for Fifty Shades of Cafe

Posted by Peter Bennison on 2016-03-01

For those hungry for the latest results please see the provisional results attached (one ride missing). Our initial round of visits is sorting out the "roasted" from the "instant" and currently we have four equal top cafes that have scored 30 out of the maximum 35.

It's early days yet but personally I am looking forwrd to the next few rounds.....

Photos from your cafe stops would be very welcome just email them to me and I can include in future updates.... (


Keep sipping


A birthday girl gets more than she bargained for!

Posted by Peter Bennison on 2016-02-14

On a spring like morning birthday girl Liz Corner blows out the numerous candles on her cake (thanks to Judith) before setting out on a Valentine's Ride from Hutton Rudby to Kildale

The group of 10 riders set out under blue skies with just a nip in the air, however within a few miles the skies darkened and faces were stung with heavy sleet showers.