Report by Alan Riddington
The weather forecast was for a wet day later but the rain arrived early as 7 riders set off for a T&P in the Pocklington area as Paul put it, with a trip to Fryup Dale on the agenda, only for it to change to Hornsea for better weather ( HA ) and times, (as we did leave a little late) at the T&P stop, as we left Squires to Cawood, Escrick, Wheldrake and Melbourne, missing the usual turn toward the A1079, going out toward Bubwith then a Left for Seaton Ross and a disappointing view of : 20MPH Loose Chippings : for what seamed like forever but was only about 3 miles, before joining up again at Melbourne and the road to Pocklington.
Through Pocklington and Bishop Wilton, a Right up Garrowby Hill then Left and across the Wolds on some smashing twisty roads, and not too wet ( all that changes in part 2 ) going through little villages with magical names: Kirby Grindalythe ? ( who made that up I wonder) West & East Lutton, before our T&P stop at the 'RARY HALT CAFE' in Weaverthorpe, visited on the 1st Social ride of the year.
Everyone suitably refreshed, 2 of our crew departed for home, so 5 now mounted up for a run over to Hornsea, via the Wind Turbine Farm, as we seemed to head in that general direction, and with every turn, corner, new road, The Turbines grew taller in size and at last a village sign I recognised, Ruston Parva, and a Left onto the A614 to Burton Agnes and a Right Turn, cutting across toward and across A165 on the excellent twisty B1242 to Skipsea and Hornsea, and on arrival at the outskirts of Hornsea a Biblical size dumping of rain fell, and the roads quickly turned to small streams, as we took a cautious turn around the streets of Hornsea to the 'FLORAL HALL CAFE' with Sea View, where we deposited ourselves along with large pools of water inside the cafe for a welcome hot drink and lunch that was enjoyed by all.
The name of the village is derived from Old Norse. Kirby kirkiubỹr means "village with a church", the Grindal element is a distortion of Cranedale, meaning "valley with cranes" and lythe is from Old Norse "hlíõ" meaning slope. Until 1974 the village lay in the historic county boundaries of the East Riding of Yorkshire.
After lunch and a dry out period in the Cafe ( very pleasant staff made us feel welcome ) a run to Fimber was agreed and so of we go retracing the journey this time heading over to Sledmere and the usual run into Fimber, It was closed on arrival due to the wet weather and lateness of the day, so farewells were said as we made our soggy way home to various parts.
Thanks to Paul for another excellent ride, and myself as Back Marker for the day.