Our meeting place was once again Stephen Smith’s Garden Centre on the outskirts of the historical market town of Otley. This is an excellent meeting point with plenty of car parking spaces and a welcome coffee break. 25 cars and about 50 members supported the event on this dry if not very sunny day. Charles and Gilly duly gave out the route plans and off we went for an autumn adventure. Soon we were down to Pool and crossing the river before a left turn up to Leathley. Another left to Lindley down Cinder Lane, a narrow but very interesting road which I had not been on before. On to Farnley and over the reservoir and then turning right at Bland Hill to Beckwithshaw. Soon a left turn signed Army Apprentice College, but after a short distance we turned right to Hampsthwaite and soon heading for Shaw Mills, all the autumn colours of the trees in
this area were quite breathtaking.
On the way to Sawley now and passing a lane called “Cut Throat Lane” on our Left (where on earth did that name come from). At the major road a left followed by a quick right in Risplith towards Grantley before a left turn to Skelding saw us out on to the beautiful moorland landscape on roads that I don’t think we had been on before with pheasants a plenty (these birds seem to have no road sense at all) and then going over a very tight left and right before turning right signposted Pateley Bridge with a sign saying steep hill. A bit of an understatement as the road got narrower and steeper as we dropped down into Pateley Bridge and onto the High Street. Crossing the river and turning right opposite The Royal Oak public house signposted Bewerley Park which brought back happy memories of staying at the outdoor camp school as a schoolboy, before climbing up the steep hill to Yorke’s Folly and over the moors and heading
for our Sunday lunch at Mackenzies Smokehouse.
The run of approx 42 miles took in some of the loveliest parts of the Dales, a stunning kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, we are so lucky to live in this part of Yorkshire. Charles and Gilly had arranged a superb two course Sunday roast at a special price to club members with Robert Crowson the restaurant owner (who is also a Leeds Club member) visiting every table to introduce himself and too see if we had enjoyed the meal.
I personally have to say it was the best roast beef I have had in a long time. Once again a huge thanks for all the work that Charles and Gilly
had put into this run and to the club all the year round on behalf of the members.