Snow on the Ranges

Posted by Judith Turner on 2016-11-22

We were due to lead 2 rides in November; one from Richmond on the Saturday and one from Reeth on the Sunday. Due to an original poor forecast for the Sunday, we bailed on that one and put our effort into the Saturday ride – apologies for that as Sunday wasn’t so awful in the end.

Back to Saturday and there were 4 keen folk joining Steven and I - Alan and Sarah, Mike and Melanie who is starting to become a regular with us and supporting the theme of ‘swinging both ways’ between the sections!!

We took the logical track out of town onto the Applegarth bridleway and although muddy, rewarded us with some lovely autumn and winter views at the same time; beautiful leaves in the foreground and snow on the distant hills. Originally the ride was planned as 15 miles but no one had any pressing commitments until the evening so we made the most of the day and headed out onto the ranges at the top of Clapgate. Here we entered a winter wonderland on snowy tracks interspersed with ice patches. The going was pretty good and quite surreal in parts as we looked down onto completely green fields. We re-entered Autumn, heading back towards Gayles but stayed high to take in the bridleway towards Gilling West and the famous ‘poo corner’. Although it was a touch muddy (!!) it was fun and a good challenge. The route picked up familiar ground to Hartforth, Gilling, Ollivers Farm, Skeeby (hello donkies) and Easby Abbey to ensure we arrived at the Station for the usual coffee, ice cream and cake fest. Very well earned as we clocked up over 23 miles and 600 plus metres of climbing. Mike very kindly offered a bike wash facility to Melanie and another quick refreshment stop.

Thank you for a lovely day out

Judith and Steven

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