June 14th – With a lot of the regular riders away, there was a small turnout with a new rider joining us for a shortish ride up Blackstone Edge, down Cragg Vale, through Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge to Todmorden for the café stop followed by a leisurely ride back down the valley to Rochdale. Total distance : 30 miles.
June 21st – Being the longest day of the year, we had planned a good long ride to Ribchester for the café stop but, as is becoming the norm these days, the weather wasn’t good so we had a quick discussion and decided to postpone the planned ride for something a bit shorter. Going up the valley through Todmorden to Hebden Bridge, turning up Cock Hill as far as Pecket Well and then though Old Town, Midgley and Luddenden towards Halifax and Sowerby Bridge for the stop. After lunch it was a straight climb up through Ripponden and back down Blackstone Edge. Total distance : 43 miles.
June 28th – We had half decent weather for a change so decided to combine the Ribchester ride with Steve C’s 70th and a bit Birthday Bash. There was the option to go via the Nick O’Pendle or take a more direct and less hilly route to Ribchester which divided us into two groups. We all arrived at the café at almost the same time which made for a bit of a party atmosphere!
After the unexpected ‘party at Ribchester we set off in two groups with the intention of meeting up at Owd Betts before going to Millcroft Tea Gardens for the real ‘Birthday Bash’. The faster group managed a couple of pints of the black stuff and then went to the tearooms whilst the slower group, after a minor route error which involved a rather vicious climb, went straight there.
After this slap up feast we were treated to a recital of ‘Albert and the lion’ by the Trans Pennine Players.