2019 Scenic Drive, Sunday 14th April - Route D!
Report by Sheila Mason.
We met at Leeming Bar Services at 10.30 ready to leave at 11.00. The
instructions were for route D, apparently, Martin had tried out A, B,C
and then chose D. Martin left first to position himself for the photo
shoot and Jackie stayed behind to wave us off. 16 cars left in an
orderly procession heading for Bedale and then on to Middleham. 1 mile
out of Middleham we were on a very narrow road with sharp bends and
steep hills, this stretch was 15 miles long, with very little traffic,
just the YDCCC. We reached Kettlewell village having enjoyed the
beautiful scenery and pretty daffodils.
It was then onto Grassington and Pateley Bridge. On entering Pateley
Bridge the sun shone brightly as we turned right to follow a Blue sign
“Road unsuitable for Goods Vehicles and Buses”. We climbed steeply at
this point and the scenery was glorious with marvellous views of
Leighton and Gouthwaite reservoirs.
On this stretch of road, we noticed piles of sand at 25 yard intervals
lasting for at least 5 miles, they looked very much like Termite mounds
but reminded ourselves that we were not in Australia anymore, Tony
thinks they are used in icy weather, but I think they are something to
do with The Tour de Yorkshire—does anyone know, please?
We passed two car clubs during the run, one with a mixture of Rovers and
MGs but the prettiest were thirteen cars ranging from bright orange,
yellow, blue and green. I am told by my expert that they were Lotus 7’s.
Last lap, through Masham, Bedale, Leeming, Ainderby Steeple and into
Thrintoft to The New Inn for lunch, as we parked our trip meter read
72.9 miles, exactly as Martin had predicted. We all sat down to an
enjoyable lunch at 2.30pm and there was much laughter and chat.
Thank you, Martin and Jackie, from us all, for making this such a very