Osmotherley; Hawnby And Back Again

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-28

Despite the arrival of British Summer Time and the clocks going forward 13 riders turned up for the early morning start at Osmotherley. Spring must have arrived as even Dave turned up from Derbyshire -- a sign that the days are getting longer and the weather more clement. As everyone had turned up with the necessary helmets and riding shoes we headed off promptly up to the reservoir and on towards Black Hambleton.

The offer of a free pint of beer was not enough to enable anyone to make a clean ascent of Black Hambleton despite a few brave attempts. There was more fun and games on the descent down the steep incline from Hambleton Street onto the track at the back of Arden Hall with many tumbles on the initial steep incline. Sarah attempted to catch the action on the camera although most people appeared to land behind her. On hitting the valley below the fun in the bog continued with numerous endos in the boggy conditions.

A welcome tea break was taken at the cafe in Hawnby although the number of mountain bikers walking through to the family bathroom probably didn't help the family’s cleaning duties for the day.

On the way out of Hawnby Steve was lucky to find a small stream flowing with loose five pound notes. There followed a muscle sapping ride across the moor towards the Bilsdale mast against a strong headwind and then the downhill singletrack towards Snilesworth Lodge required a lot of pedalling to keep going.

As Judith had packed her body armour and the fact that we now have two Dr Richards on the ride we decided to finish off with the rocky descent to Sheepwash and surprisingly, despite having an unlucky 13 riding today, there were no fatalities or injuries. Alan and Sarah were pleased to have cleaned the descent for the first time, even better after Alan’s recent ascent of Fremington Edge.

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