National Drive It Day Sunday 23rd April 2017

Sunday 23rd of April was both St.Georges Day and also National Drive it Day so the club run starting at Stephen Smiths garden centre at Otley was well timed. 22 cars turned out on what was to be a beautiful sunny day. Before we started a coffee was in order (or for some a full English breakfast or bacon butties) as we perused our instructions. Our route took us through Pool, Leathley and Beckwithshaw after which we took a left passing the Army training barracks on that long stretch of road which is extremely bumpy in an old car. We then turned right towards Summerbridge and then left onto the A59 towards Skipton. At Bolton Bridge we turned South through Addingham into Silsden. Turning left into the curiously named Clog Bridge, we followed an interesting road across the high ground above Keighley which gave wonderful views across the valley.

Our final leg of the journey took us through Eldwick and Shipley Glen to Baildon from where it is a short hop to Salts Mill in Saltaire. We all finished up in the large free car park where we exchanged experiences. Some of us then looked around the old mill buildings which house the art galleries, antiques saleroom, bookshop and homeware exhibitions which were all very interesting.There was also a café and restaurant available. On such a lovely sunny day it would be good to walk down to the canalside where there is a park, or to walk up into the old mill village and look to see if a street had been named after you. Of course there is a Stanley Street!!!

Stan Cox