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Yorkshire Section News September 2021

Sorry about August’s entry, must have been just a bit too late in submitting it. So, here’s September’s though I have to admit there is some from the ‘lost’ August edition included!

Weather’s holding fair, and by now you should have received the rather shortened Diary of events, though it’s pretty much a listing of the café meets, with an odd extra item. Speaking of which the Section’s AGM is on Oct 10th at the fabulous Hotel de Ville in Ripley HG3 3AX. I hope that a goodly number will find the time, end energy, to attend, free nosh, a pleasant ride out (Good weather promised, but not guaranteed!). Its important to the Cttee that there’s a decent representation at the AGM so that we can gauge if we’re doing the right thing. Plus, there’s the chance to join in with the cttee and make your mark on the section. “Ask not what your section does for you, but what you can do for your section” (plagiarised from John F Kennedy, many, many moons ago)

I fancy a run down to Withernsea to see the existing pier towers, as they’re quite something to see. There was, originally, as you may surmise, a pier but it didn’t last long; completed in 1878, and in Oct 1880 the coal barge “Saffron” went clean through it! See for more details. However, there are plans to do something new, maybe not a full pier, but starting with a ‘viewing platform’ So this took my fancy and calls for a ride out. See also for extra detail on the station etc, especially as the line, from Hull ran directly to the pier entrance. Got interested in this from a Radio 4 piece a few months ago.

The weather was good for the Vale of Pickering camping and rather belatedly here’s a photo of a small group who had a ride out to Scarborough, with a welcome stop at Oliver’s Mount Café.

Here’s a report from Piers Kurrein on the recent(ish) Wednesday Wobble: “About 11 Club members enjoyed another great Wednesday Wobble rideout on 16th June in lovely warm sunny weather. Mark Carling kindly guided us around his patch in the NE Peak District on about 80 miles of lovely varied roads including many 'boreen style' single track lanes. The views in places were spectacular. We enjoyed coffee at the Old School House Cafe and later a pleasant lunch at the Travelers Rest in the Hope Valley near Brough. Well worth a ride so contact Piers K at for a Gpx copy of the route".

To more regular stuff; Peloton café is proving to be a great success even though, on its inauguration, it was competing with the wonderful weekend camping at Kettlewell. Many thanks to Chris Rodgers for persevering with these camping events. As always a good number there, including some from other sections around the country, that’s the draw of God’s own County I guess, and the Dales are a special place for all of us, with the views, and the dry stone walls etc.

The Tadcaster Café& Bistro had a good turnout of around a dozen or so, making the most of the dry spell after Saturday’s downpours.

All we need now is a fine summer, and an Indian autumn to enjoy our riding. There’s a good crowd going to the Rob Roy Hotel in Scotland next month, and all, being well we’ll have some details of how it went pretty soon.

Those that know my predilection for scooters will want to know; the Burgman 400 has gone and I’ve now a ‘blush pink’ Honda SH350i. So far so good, not necessarily better, nor worse, but different.

Above all, for right now, STAY SAFE.  

James Ingham









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