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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 enjoyable Sunday.