B Section Ride for 6 November

The B Section ride on Sunday 6th November 2016 will be to Kettlewell. The route is as follows:

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/13905743

Optional Cafe/toilet stop: Storriths (13 mile mark)

Brunch: Zarinas in Kettlewell http://www.zarinaskettlewell.co.uk (28 miles)

Route takes the well trodden path round the back roads to Beamsley and taking a quick right up the A59 for a short but steep climb over the brow of the hill before cutting left on the manure splattered farm tracks up one of the steepest climbs of the day to Storriths for a breather and a coffee stop at cyclists favourite, Buffers cafe (optional). The descent after Storriths can be treacherous at this time of year so exercise some caution as the rain and the brown stuff can make for a tricky descent. We then climb into Barden, Appletrewick and onto Hebden before the steady road down to Grassington. The final 6 miles to Kettlewell will lead us to our main cafe stop at Zarinas at the 28 mile mark and the highest point of the route (791 ft) with estimated arrival around 11.30.

The route back is much quicker and we follow the B6160 all the way to Kilnsey, Threshfield and Burnsall enjoying some sweeping open countryside roads which will distract from the cafe and toilet stops offered along the route home. There’s the short but steep ascent out of Burnsall before enjoying another largely downhill road back to Bolton Abbey (44 miles). We can then rejoin the back roads through Nesfield and Denton or opt for the more direct route through Addingham and Ilkley and back onto Otley for about 2pm.

Forecast looks dry but colder than previous weeks with a north westerly wind but worth checking before you set off to ensure you come suitably dressed.

Paul Knights will be your ride guide.