One of my favourite routes/areas is around Beamsley Beacon between Harrogate and Skipton, but today was't the best, low cloud obscuring the top. Still, a nice ride out, empty roads (relatively), and managed to blow out a few cobwebs.
People can be seen walking up the incline on the right, and just before I found a decent place to park the bike/take the photo, there was a Red Kite (feathered variety) gracefully soaring along the airwaves. A lot of the roads I travelled were damp single track, with passing places, cattle grids, free range sheep, mud, sheep poo, mascerated leaves etc, so cornering was a sedate exercise, undertaken with care.
A little local history fact - the beacon gets it's name from the beacon site that was used in the Napoleonic wars. Some debate/doubt exists as to whether it had any earlier use (such as warning of the Spanish Armada). The hill is evidently known as Howber Hill.