AUTUMN LEAVES RUN 15th OCTOBER 2017
Sunday 15th October was designated the Autumn Leaves Run day. The route described by the organisers Keith & Jane West as a tour of the Three Peak, on 4 wheels rather than 2 legs of course.
It was a weather dependant run, and fortunately the forecast was good, although on the day not quite as good as we'd probably hoped for, but at least there wasn't any rain.
We met around 10am at Keelham Farm Shop & Cafe near The Little Chef just outside Skipton, ready for a 11am off. The runners and riders in no particular order were - Stan & Jean, John & Jean, Ian & Linda, Keith & Jane, Steve & Nicola, John & Janet, Gerry, Peter & Irene, Mike & Kate, Dave & Anne, Barrie & Eric, John D, and Graham & Lita, a very good showing, and what a cracking run it turned out to be.
Leaving the Farm Shop we initially took the A65 before heading on the B6265 towards Grassington, on through Threshfield, Kilnsey, Litton and Halton Gill before the first comfort stop at Horton In Ribblesdale. The car park was quite busy so it was a fairly quick splash & cash before moving on.
The car park at Horton In Ribblesdale, hmm, is there some tyre kicking going on....
Keith & Janes great idea was that during the run we would get different views of the Three Peaks, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough, although low cloud did hamper some of the views.
A very brooding moorland early on in the run.
From Horton in Ribblesdale we motored on, our next scheduled stop being Dent village. We did get a good view of Ingleborough as we left Selside.
A great shot from Steve & Nicola, about to get up close and personal with John & Jean.
View of Dent Dale Viaduct as we dropped down into Dent. A stop here of about an hour or so, time for a wander round, a cuppa and a sandwich.
Views of the Dale from the car park in Dent.
Leaving Dent the route took us down or up, or up and down, an Access Only gated road, ooerr, past a rather nice waterfall though.
The Gate Keeper
What a road it was as well, the next 2 pictures again from Steve & Nicola, through the windscreen, not the Key Hole, great shots though.
The route taking us eventually into Ingleton, and from here re joined the A65 heading back towards Skipton, for our final stop at the Goat Gap Cafe, a very nice clean and airy place, to end what had been a cracking run out. Big thanks to Keith & Jane for putting it together.
Pictures below of the goat Gap Cafe.