It was wet morning and the forecast was grim with rain predicted all day and temperatures predicted to be around zero so not a big turn out at Buttercross! But where there are three cyclists gathered together you have the makings of a great ride! John, Graham and I set off up West Chevin, our first of many hills! We were relieved that Bingley Road was less busy than usual and got safely to the first of the amazing view points – it was misty. We decided at Bingley St Ives to carry on the route to Haworth and were rewarded with a massive hill climb and amazing views ( well I said they were amazing, in fact it was just mist!!) In Haworth we had a 200 metre stretch of flat stuff which made us very giddy! The café stop in the buffet car at Oxenhope was warm, friendly, fast and cheap!! Perfect cycling café.
After the café we had another bit of flat cycling, but just as we were starting to get bored there was another hill and some even better misty views! We had fun going across Cullingworth Viaduct (a fantastic bit of Sustrans infrastructure and a traffic free delight!) and decided to cut out the optional loop to Egypt as we were very wet and not likely to see any pyramids due to the mist. The quiet back roads to Saltaire were a revelation and we enjoyed taking Sarah’s Sneaky Back Route to Esholt through Baildon – the joy of our club is how we share our own local knowledge so we can avoid the main roads. After our final big hill of the day – Old Hollings Hill – we flew down into Otley and enjoyed the lovely fire at the Fleece along with the company of our other cycling friends from Otley.
Our next ride is to Tancred near Tollington on Sunday 7th Feb, join us for fun and friendly cycling!
If you fancy doing this route here is the Garmin map for the ride