|The Wainstones and beyond|
A great day, a ride over to the North York Moors on the BMW, with a Marilyn claimed as well! I woke to much better weather than forecast, so quickly dispatched the domestic chores and got the motorbike out. I wanted to call at Pennine Outdoor in High Bentham for some material for a bit of" MYOG", then crossed over to Wensleydale and on down the valley to Leyburn, Bedale and across the Vale of York to Osmotherly. Butties were eaten on a seat in the sun, last time I was in Osmotherly, I was with my mate Ian almost 2 years ago, walking the Cleveland Way. Lunch eaten I rode along narrow lanes, past Scugdale to climb the metalled road to park at Lordstones cafe. Cringle Moor and its summit of Drakes Howe is about a mile east of here, but the flagged path (Cleveland Way) follows the escarpment closer. The path made for easy going, last time I was here I should have visited the large Cairn which marks the highest point, but with many miles to cover that day we elected to stick to the Cleveland way. Marilyns weren't on the agenda then! I returned to Lordstones the same way, and treated myself to coffee and chocolate covered flapjack. I rode back home much the same way, content with a good ride and another hill climbed.
|Cairn of Drakes Howe|