The Otley Cycle Race is on 28 June. It’s one of my favourite Otley events and I’ve loved watching it as it has grown and grown. Particularly since the Tour de France came to Yorkshire, it has really taken off.
If the weather’s good, loads of people come out and it’s a real community event. There are hog roasts (we’re open for sandwiches, cakes, hot snacks and coffee and drinks too). It’s great to see the TV stations with their cameras here. Everyone has a great time.
It has been wonderful to see how Tom Pidcock, son of Gyles has grown up from competing in the junior races to competing in World and European under 18 competitions. Tom’s now 18 and I think he’s going to be the next big thing coming out of Otley. It just shows what community and encouragement (and great parenting) can do.
So we hope that you can make it over to see this fantastic event and if you do, make sure you call in for a coffee and something delicious to eat!
What I think about when I’m baking … Walking!
As I’ve mentioned here many times before, being involved in our wonderful community is really important to me and everyone at Bondgate Bakery. At all times, community is a precious touchstone for us all.
That’s why we’re delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Otley Walking Festival – a festival that invites people to experience the beauty of our magnificent corner of the world. There are a number of great walks planned – a Psychogeographic sound walk, several walks that take in one or even two of our local pubs and a walk that culminates with drinks on the Terrace at Farnley Hall. There’s also a walk to the historic Kirkstall Forge, an allotment walk, a churches walk, a walk that includes a ride on a steam train and even a ‘Walkulele’ with members of the famous Otley Ukulele Orchestra!
With 45 walks in total, all run by experienced, knowledgeable local guides, 2017’s Otley Walking Festival looks to be an absolutely fantastic event. So grab your walking boots and we hope to see you there! Sally
Learn more here: www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk