Twenty bikes and one trike met up at Stork Lodge Tea Rooms for our April rideout - our advertised and much awaited Saddleworth Moor excursion, up t'hill and t'over t'moors.
After our obligatory photo call, we saddled up and headed west.
We took the A642 Horbury Road out of Wakefield, picking up the B6118, through Bradley to the north of Huddersfield, then joining the A643 at Ainley Top, then the A640 at Outlane. We then crossed the M62 and onto splendid biking roads and scenic moorland, passing Scammonden Water and Deanhead Reservoir, then Dowry Reservoir and dropping into Denshaw.
In Denshaw, a sharp left (that was more of a U turn), onto the A6052 towards Delph, where we picked up the A62 and on to our first stop of the rideout, the Carriage House public house, set in stunning moorland scenery. A slight hang around until they opened, then multiple drink and food orders were made.
After our watering stop, a quick backtrack to get to the A670, through Uppermill to the A635, past Dovestone & Yeoman Hey reservoirs, and through more spectacular moorland scenery, towards our second stop, Holmfirth (Last of the Summer Wine country). A quick look at the popular tourist town, then to the famous fish & chip shop, that you could smell several hundred yards before you saw it.
Following this second stop, we took the A635 out of Holmfirth towards New Mill and Upper Cumberworth, then picking up Denby Dale Road (A636), in Denby Dale funnily enough, en-route back to the beautiful cathedral City of Wakefield (?!?).
The weather stayed dry enough until most folks had arrived home (and then the heavens opened).
A most pleasant rideout, through most picturesque scenery, and highly recommended, if you fancy a bit of a moorland excursion.