The early morning express departed at 0830 with four passengers bound for Hornsea. Following an anticlockwise direction to Routh, Meaux and on to Long Riston before heading by way of Mappleton to Hornsea.
The 0930 express train set off with five Knights from Market Cross Station via Molescroft Road to Cherry Burton. The sunshine and warmth of the previous day failed to appear today as the North easterly wind kept temperatures low.
The initial part of the journey saw the Knights following familiar roads through Etton and South Dalton onto the Bracken road. Undaunted by the slight head wind the “train” made good time as we passed through Hutton Cranswick to Wansford. Just as well someone was awake at the back as the “lead coach” sailed merrily on missing our turn off to Lowthorpe.
A quick about turn soon has us back on “track” once more. However its was not long before we almost “derailed” again as we dithered about which way to turn. The condition of the “track” to the right gave us clue as Neil piped up with “I don’t remember heading along a dirt track last time”. It was not long before we reached the railway crossing near Lowthorpe.
With the “excitement” of the passing train over, it was back to business as we continued round to Little Kelk and Gransmoor before stopping at the 158 Squadron memorial at Lisset.
After signing the visitors book, we set off once more. From Ulrome with the wind now behind us, the pace picked up as we made our way through Skipsea and a timely arrival at Hornsea and a chance to refuel for the return leg.
The “dining car” was al fresco. Normally this would have been quite pleasant, but with sea haar blowing inland we were beginning to feel the chill by the time we’d eaten.
Laden with calories and buoyed by the prospect of a helping wind, we set off for the return journey. Following the same route as the 0830 “train” we passed the Honeysuckle Farm on our way to Bewholme, Brandesburton and Leven.
Passing through Tickton Paul and Heather decided to ramp up the pace to try and better their times on a Strava segment. Both achieved impressive times with Paul recording 8th best time overall and Heather bagging 2nd place in the Ladies section. After that it was a gentler pace as we returned home via Weel Bridge.