Monday, April 20, 2009

Masham Big Meet

Helen and I went out yesterday with the Lancs arm of the NUKB on a rideout to Masham for the first big meet of the year. We met up with  the North East and Yorkshire NUKB regions as well in Masham Market Square. There was probably around 100+ bikes in the square at 1 point yesterday and to top it all off the weather was nice and sunny all day long.


Clitheroe Services We left home at around 9:15am and met up with DocB and small group at Haslingden Tesco’s on the way up. We left there at around 9:30am and headed up to Clitheroe Services to met up with the rest of the Lancs group. We left Clitheroe just after 10:00am, CJ was leading and Scotsy was bring up the rear as TEC.


We left the service on the A59 heading for Skipton. We soon turned left and headed trough Sawley, Wigglesworth and Rathmell. We then crossed over the A65 and headed into Settle. From there we took the B6479 to Ribblehead Viaduct via Horton-in-Ribblesdale. We then joined my favourite road the B6255 to Hawes. We stopped in Hawes for the first brew of the morning and a nice bacon butty.


Masham Square We left Hawes after our short break and headed on the A684 towards Leyburn. Before getting to Leyburn we cut across on a minor road at Wensley to join the A6108. We headed through Middleham on our way to Masham. We arrived at Masham just before 1:00pm and parked up behind the Yorkshire group who had arrived first.


Masham Square Helen and I found out to our horror that the Kings Arms were no longer doing sandwiches and jacket potatoes on a Sunday anymore. We headed over to 1 of the cafes and Helen had a wrap and I had a Panini. We had a good chat with some of the guys from other regions and at around 2:45pm we headed off.


We left Masham with Scotsy now leading and CJ now being TEC. We headed on minor roads for Kirkby Malzeard. However Scotsy’s satnav took us a strange rout through Grewelthorpe and then again as we got into Kirkby Malzeard. The result was that the group got broken up as someone also failed to mark a junction. A small group headed to Ripon, I turned around and headed through Laverton and then over Dallow and Pateley Moor just joining the B6265 before Pateley Bridge. At Pateley Helen and Bill Bridge I saw Ella and CorgiKev marking a junction and then knew the main group were in front of me. I continued on the B6265 towards Grassington passing by Stump Cross Caverns on the way. I arrived at the carpark in Grassington and met up again with the main group. Helen and I walked to the Spar and I got a much needed ice cream.


As we left Grassington we broke up into 2 groups, the majority headed for Preston and we headed down the B6265 towards Skipton. At Skipton we turned right and took the A59 towards Preston. We then turned left just after Broughton and took the A56 through Earby to Colne. We then jumped on the M65 and headed home via the A56/M66.


Jamie,  24 April 2009 at 14:39  

I've spent a good wee while reading through your blog today and just wanted to leave a note to say that I enjoyed it.

I'll make sure that I bookmark it and come back often.