After enjoying a coffee and a bacon sandwich at Stephen Smith’s Garden Centre, 13 cars left the car park and headed towards Pool. Slight flooding on this road reminding us of the awful weather we had recently experienced. After winding our way down some narrow country roads we climbed up above Stainburn giving us a clear view of Almscliffe Crags in the distance. On our right the view was interrupted by a slight mist, but undeterred we carried on, passing through the picturesque village of North Rigton, made our way through Beckwithshaw and onto the Army Foundation College. After a right turn onto Burley Bank Road, the sun graced us with its presence. With a magnificent rainbow, highlighting the complex nature of Yorkshire’s Autumnal weather, our journey continued via the pretty villages of Hampsthwaite and Darley. The ‘Golf Balls’ loomed closer announcing our presence in the stunning countryside. Following the road as instructed, to the right took us over Fewston reservoir, the white horses on the water reminiscent of the sea on the East coast. As we continued into Otley, the mist descended over Swinsty Reservoir giving us another insight of the Yorkshire climate. To the left at the main Otley road Armscliffe Crag made another appearance on the horizon. At this point we knew that the Britannia Hotel was imminent and that a refreshing drink awaited us together with 25 other club members. All participants who would also enjoy a very pleasurable 3 course carvery meal concluding another rewarding event.
Thanks go to Charles and Gilly’s for the organisation.
Rod & Di