A nice ride out

Ride 6 July 2013 (1 of 13)

With a day off and nothing planned until the girls’ sports afternoon I had planned a ride out to Brimham Rocks via Knaresborough and along the bridleways. However, I was late departing and slower than I hoped, so missed out the last section from Shaw Mills to Brimham. I rode the newish cycle path though the back of Bilton and then along Bilton Lane to roll down the Beryl Burton to Knaresborough.

Ride 6 July 2013 (2 of 13)

At the bottom was a perfectly functional looking bike, standing on its empty forks – not sure why!

Ride 6 July 2013 (3 of 13)

From Knaresborough to Ferrensby, along the bridleway past the Hollies

Ride 6 July 2013 (4 of 13)

Ride 6 July 2013 (5 of 13)

Ride 6 July 2013 (6 of 13)

Then on the Occaney, through fields alive with poppy infested rape. As it comes into flower everything is fresh and pushing for its place – the bridleway is pretty overgrown and I walked one section as I couldn’t see the ground beneath my wheel.

Ride 6 July 2013 (7 of 13)

Ride 6 July 2013 (8 of 13)

Towards South Stainley, as I rode away from Copgrove, a stoat ghosted across my path and a jay flew to a copse alongside.

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From South Stainley the track is easy riding and runs through some lovely country.

Ride 6 July 2013 (10 of 13)

Ride 6 July 2013 (11 of 13)

Across the Ripley – Fountains road, through a very operational farm, along a track and a couple of recently mown fields to the road and down into Shaw Mills. Then home via the path back to Ripley and the Nidderdale Greenway.

Ride 6 July 2013 (12 of 13)

Ride 6 July 2013 (13 of 13)

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