September Run, 30th September 2018
One regular feature of our calendar is now a Sunday run and lunch in early autumn and organised by club members John and Rose Marie Wilkinson. 2018 was to be no exception, and well prepared sets of instructions were handed out at Smith’s Garden Centre in Otley, on the last day of September.
After climbing out of the town and passing the depleted reservoirs of Lindley Wood, Swinsty and Fewston, the route took in some well known Yorkshire landmarks, including Stump Cross, Kilnsey Crag and The Falcon at Arncliffe, where we stopped for a break. This pub is well worth a visit, having been an early location for “Emmerdale Farm”, and still serves beer straight from a cask behind the bar. The back room had a roaring coal fire and was occupied by a group of walkers enjoying lunch.
For us, the best part of the route was the next few miles, climbing out of Littondale through the limestone country with its iconic stone walls, and then the drop down into Malham including a glimpse of the Cove. Although the village was very busy with tourists, we were soon on our way and following a white MGB Roadster, driving through Gargrave, past Broughton Hall and on to Elslack and The Tempest Arms.
The car park at The Tempest Arms soon contained all 15 cars that had started, and drivers and navigators enjoyed another roast beef Sunday lunch. The hungrier ones opted for a dessert, and we can personally recommend something new – liquorice flavoured ice cream.
Many thanks to John and Rose Marie for organising our day out – we’re already looking forward to the next one.
Dennis & Margaret Hodge