Starting at the new Strikes Garden Centre, Garforth Cliff. This was the first run of the year for The City of Leeds MG and Classic Car Club and was organised by Charles and Gilly. The start venue was excellent, being the old Saville Brothers Nursery. This was my irst visit to this Garden Centre since its complete re-build. Once again we had an excellent turn out of 22 vehicles which in view of the weather was even more amazing, (this included a Series 2 Land Rover fully restored by club members John and Denise Morrow from Selby), all arriving for coffee and a natter before setting out on the run. Gilly duly signed everyone in and gave out the route plan for a run of approx 37 miles.
We set off in bright sunshine heading back towards Garforth before turning Right at Ninelands Lane and heading on to Barwick in Elmet, through to Scholes, which must win awards for one of the prettiest villages for their wonderful display of flowers throughout the year.After passing our club meeting venue, The Buffers, on our Right, we joined the A64, before after only a few yards saw us turning Right and proceeding through the village of Thorner which again was decorated with an array of daffodils on each side of the road, A few miles further saw us in Scarcroft, straight across the busy main road (A59) and back into the lovely countryside of this part of North Leeds, keeping away from the main roads and admiring the villages and some of the most desirable properties in Yorkshire. We encountered a few light showers but still had the bright sunshine with us.
On we went towards Collingham/Crompton areas before arriving in Wetherby town centre. Left over the river bridge and on through to Linton – Sicklinghall to Kirkby Overblow. We were now heading towards the Harewood countryside where many Red Kites could be seen hovering and swooping down for their meal. Dunkeswick and Weeton came next and then on to Huby (where the late and much missed Joe Maiden, Radio Leeds garden mentor lived). Left onto the A658 Pool/Otley road, through Pool and then keeping Left at the mini roundabout at the bottom of Pool Bank saw us heading to Arthington and our lunch venue “The Wharfedale” where everyone enjoyed an excellent Sundaylunch.
It was good to meet up with friends both old and new. An excellent run out for everyone in the Spring sunshine and a few light showers, and colourful flower bedecked villages. What a time of the year when we have all the Summer to look forward to.
Many thanks to Charles and Gilly for this most uplifting outing. (Please can we make it an annual Spring run next year).