Sunday April 21st Ride Out-Dales and Pennines

Meet at the Curious Cow of Harrogate car park, (HG3 2AP) at 09:00am to leave at 09:30am with full tanks.

Ride Leader – Paul Holmes, TEC – Peter Germaine.

The first section of the ride takes you northwards to Killinghall, Ripley, West Tanfield, Masham and Leyburn to our morning coffee stop at Manor Farm Cafe, Bellerby, DL8 5QH.

After coffee, we head further north via Downholme on the A6108 heading towards Richmond.  From Richmond we head north once more, passing through Whashton Green and Ravensworth before reaching the A66.  Next, we head west along the A66 for a short while before turning right heading towards Hutton Magna and then onto Ovington and Winston. We then pick up the A67 and head to Barnard Castle.  From Barnard Castle we head north on the B6278/B6282 to our lunch stop at Middleton-In-Teasdale DL12 0QB. Plenty of cafes for lunch options or feel free to bring your own refreshments.

After lunch we will head south on the B6277/B6276 back towards Brough on some great winding roads with spectacular views of the Pennines, passing Selset Reservoir on the way.  From Brough we head along the A685 to Kirkby Stephen and then onto Nateby.  At Nateby we pick up the B6270 heading east to Thwaite and onto Reeth where we can stop for refreshments and leg stretch.

From Reeth we head to Grinton and then head up and over Whipperdale Bank past the ranges to Leyburn (Fuel stop if required).  From Leyburn on a quick route, we will head east on the A684 to Bedale. From Bedale on the ring road we will head towards Leeming Bar and pick up the A6055 running parallel to the A1(M) going south to pick up the A61 which will bring us back towards Ripon and into Ripley for the finish (approximate finish 16:00).

The route is approximately 154 miles. For those requiring fuel stops there are plenty of opportunities throughout the route. A GPX route file is available using the following link:

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Monday 8th April HAB AGM Meeting & Ride-In

Dear All,

A reminder for this Monday’s HAB AGM meeting, and a Ride-In if you fancy it.

A notice was emailed out to members on 25th February for our AGM this Monday evening. Please have a read of it if you haven’t already done so. There is a committee nomination form attached and you can put yourself up for a role if you wish provided it’s done in advance of the meeting.

There is a Ride-In planned. Meet at The Curious Cow, Killinghall, Harrogate HG3 2AP, 6.00pm for a set off at 6.15pm. An hour’s circular ride, east of Harrogate, will get us to Bilton Cricket Club in time for our meeting. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us.

Please do come along to the AGM. It’s your club, a chance to put any ideas forward and also get involved on the committee if you want to.

As usual a sandwich buffet will be provided by the Bilton Cricket Club.

Paul Dresser.

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Message to Members

Dear Members,

This is a reminder about the collection of the contributions towards food at our meetings, including the AGM on Monday 8th April.

I will have a printed sheet on which you should write your name and that you have contributed £2. Having the right money would be useful.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Best wishes,

Richard Stembrowicz


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HAB Ride-Out Weds April 3rd-Dales & NY Moors

Hi Folks, 

Meet outside Ripley Ice Cream at 8.45am for a 9.00am start.

The social ride out on 3rd April is approximately 154 miles starting outside Ripley Ice Cream (HG3 3AX) and heading off through Pateley Bridge & Grassington for breakfast at Kilnsey Park Lake Café (BD23 5PS). Thereafter continue through Kettlewell, Leyburn, Richmond and on to Yarm, stopping for lunch at the Royal Oak in Great Ayton (TS9 6BW). The final leg of the route takes us from Guisborough heading south through the NY Moors NP, riding through Rosedale Abbey down to Amotherby and across to Easingwold finishing at Morrisons in Boroughbridge (YO51 9UR) at around 4pm.

gpx file of route –

PLEASE NOTE: If you intend to join this social ride and it will be your first HAB ride out, please e-mail beforehand. 

Finally, we’ll need a TEC, if anyone with experience wishes to volunteer for the day would you please text me on 07879 470554 at your earliest opportunity – thank you.

Looking forward to seeing you on the day.

Derek Saunders

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Roy’s “Not The HAB Spring Scotland Trip”

Okay, I sadly missed getting on May’s HAB Scotland Trip, so I’m organising one myself and if any other club members wish to look at joining me they would be most welcome. The trip is to “Dark Sky Town” Moffat, in Dumfries and Galloway. Travelling out Tuesday May 7th and returning Thursday May 9th.

  • Travel up to Moffat on Tuesday 7th May via the more scenic route @ 190 miles (Approx 5 hrs). Arriving at The Black Bull Inn.
  • Staying at the Black Bull Inn on nights of 7th & 8th May travelling back on the 9th May – (Cost for a double superior room £210).
  • Wednesday 8th May doing the “Three Passes Tour Route” as detailed in “Ride” magazine @ (126 miles Approx 4 hrs) and if time & weather permits, the “Buccleuch Loop” an additional 44 miles (2hrs).
  • Thursday 9th May travel back home via Selkirk, Melrose, Jedburgh, Darlington & Knaresborough, (181miles – approx 4.5 hrs).
  • If you are wishing to join you will need to make your own hotel booking. If no rooms are available at the Black Bull Inn (tel 01683 221150], there are numerous other hotels in Moffat.
  • PS:  This is not an IAM advanced rider group tour thus all travel under their own cover.
  • Anyone interested can contact me on 07539 690274 or e-mail
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IPSGA Theory Session 6th April

Dear All,

Bob is organising a Theory/Training session on the 6th April at Bilton Cricket Club. This is aimed at new associates and their observers but we would like to open this up to all members who would like to attend.

This session will look at the system promoted by the IAM for delivery of training to new associates and in particular IPSGA, the backbone of the system.

This will be a perfect opportunity for those who want to refresh their knowledge or are interested in how observing is carried out in our group or intersested in observing in the future.

Bacon butties will be provided so even if you want to turn up for a free butty.

Bob needs to order catering in advance so would appreciate it if anyone wanting to attend could book in via the link below.

Thanks, Paul

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HAB Sunday County Durham 17th March Ride Out

Happy St Patrick’s Day to you all. Hope you are looking forward to our Sunday 17th March Ride Out. Although this is a relatively long ride (150miles) it will take us through some amazing scenery and incredible biking roads in North Yorkshire and County Durham. Take care as it is easy to look at the scenery when you should be looking at the road (and vice versa). The ride will start at Morrisons, Boroughbridge YO51 9UR. Meet from 9.00, briefing at 9.15, departing 9.30. Please arrive with full
tanks (refuel at 100 miles). Leaving via the town centre over the bridge, turning right and right again heading for Cundall. After winding our way through Topcliffe we will shortly arrive at Skipton-on-Swale then turn right onto the superb B6267 to Masham and on the A6108 through Leyburn, stopping for our mid-morning break at the ever-popular Manor Farm Biker Cafe in Bellerby (25miles) DL8 5QH.

From Bellerby northwards to Richmond along the back route, crossing the bridge into town, then on through to Gilling West crossing the A66 and north to Staindrop. From Staindrop North West to Middleton-in-Teesdale (75 Miles) for lunch at one of the several cafes or even the chip shop. Leaving Middleton in Teesdale, crossing the bridge and traveling down the famous B6276 to Brough, then into Kirkby Stephan (100miles) to the fuel stop for those in need (second garage is cheaper!). From here it’s left at the lights and down through the Mallerstang Valley on the B6259 turning Left on to the A624 at the Moorcock Inn to Hawes.
At Hawes it is over the tops to Deepdale, Yockenthwaite, Buckden and Kettlewell before turning left through Grassington to finish the ride at Stump Cross Caverns HG3 5JL. Please note that this ride is high altitude route and could be difficult in icy conditions. Should this be the case and we need to cancel we will publish a cancellation notice on our Facebook page by 8am on the morning of the ride. Looking forward to seeing you at Morrisons, Boroughbridge.

Bob Hill and Andy Pratt.

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HAB Monthly Meeting Monday 11th March Bilton Cricket Club

Join your Harrogate Advanced Club mates for our monthly meeting at Bilton Cricket Club. Get there from 7.00pm for a chat with official business starting at 7.30pm. Once again this month we are happy to have a Guest Speaker, Ian Garnett. Full members, Associates and riders interested in taking the IAM Roadsmart Rider Course are welcome.

It’s well into March already and the Touring Season is fast approaching. You’ve not done it or done it all, got many t-shirts but there’s always something new to learn. Whatever you’re touring experience, Ian (Alf) Garnett, seasoned Advanced Rider Trainer/Examiner/ Masters Mentor and Motorrad Tour Leader is joining us for a Touring Workshop. Many HAB members will know or know of retired RAF Wing Commander”Alf” Garnett and even if you don’t it’ll be worth you coming along this evening, so don’t miss it.

Our usual sandwich and pork pie buffet will follow.

Let’s hope to the weather will be kind and more of us can turn up on our Bikes.

Images courtesy of Ian Garnett.

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HAB 6th March Ride-North Pennines & Stanhope

Hi Folks,

The social ride out on Wednesday 6th March is approximately 147 miles starting outside Ripley Ice Cream (HG3 3EX) and heading off through Masham & Leyburn for breakfast at the Two Dales Bakery in Reeth (DL11 6SP). Thereafter continue through Barnard Castle and across Weardale to Stanhope, Healeyfield and onto Wolsingham stopping for lunch at The Country Tea Shop in Staindrop (DL2 3NB). The final leg of the route takes us past Darlington and through Northallerton & finishing at Morrisons in Boroughbridge (YO51 9UR) at around 4pm. 

Meet outside Ripley Ice Cream at 9.15 for a 9.30am start and return to Morrisons at Boroughbridge at 4pm. Ride Leader Derek Saunders, TEC David Haywood.

gpx file of route –

Usual caveat with the weather, if it’s grim and I decide to cancel I will post it on FB before 8am on the Wednesday morning so be sure to check before leaving home.

PLEASE NOTE: If you intend to join this social ride out and it will be your first HAB ride out, please e-mail beforehand.

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Scotland Borders Trip Fully Booked

Sorry folks, we’ve been overwhelmed with demand for this trip and it is now fully booked. I’m very sorry if you missed out this time.

David Haywood

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