Mucky Lanes to Masham on Weds 11 January 2017 led by Graham Banks
My pre-ride email advice that it would be “very muddy and puddly for 100m or so (but passable with care)” put a few softies off and the strong winds no doubt worried a few more.
The ‘hard core’ of Berni (first lady), Peter B, Peter T, Mark, Roy, Steve and I set off from Newby Wiske into the strong W/NW winds towards Maunby and the off-road permissive route over the River Swale old railway bridge (big thanks to Mr Clarke). The approach track proved very muddy and puddly as forewarned, but we all got through, some more cleanly than others.
After only a few miles Berni unfortunately suffered a puncture, but she was ably assisted by a couple of ‘old hands’ whilst the rest of us offered plenty of ‘how best to do it’ advice and took a break (and one even went on Facebook with a photo!). We toyed with a coffee stop at Thorp Perrow café but soldiered on to Johnny Baghdad’s in Masham where we sheltered from a heavy shower and enjoyed a splendid breakfast/lunch as we just made the before and after 12 noon deadlines. There was concern that we weren’t half way and the return took in a few more small hills to Grewelthorpe, but we had the benefit of wind assistance most of the way back. However, it also took in the ‘100m or so’ of thick mud again, so there were no clean bikes at the end, although Steve’s was surprisingly white.
My 37 mile route is at http://cycle.travel/map/journey/32458 and follows some lovely quiet roads and useful ways under the A1.
Considering I’d seriously contemplated cancelling the ride when awoken by strong damaging winds during the night, I was glad we went ahead for it turned out a surprisingly decent day, despite the winds, with lots of bright sunshine and great views. However the roads are undoubtedly best enjoyed in Spring/Summer, so I’ll try and put it in the next programme for an easy evening ride from Maunby pub.