Our final ride of January goes to our old favourite places of Eccup, Golden Acre and Roundhay.
Gentle Ride Eccup and Donkeys 19 miles, one hill
Our Gentle ride will set off along the Pool Road which can be busy but is flat for about 3 miles. We will then go up Creskeld Lane. This is steep in places but there are plenty of stopping places to enjoy the views! There is another busy stretch of road until we reach the back roads of Eccup. We will go up to Eccup reservoir to admire the views and then return on the back roads to the Donkey Sanctuary. There is a small café area and you can spend some time with the donkeys! The return to Otley will go via Bramhope and then a long descent into Otley to finish at the Fleece
Depending on the weather, the ride may be shortened to 15 miles
The Donkey Sanctuary has a café and toilets
Stretching Ride Eccup and Golden Acre Park 21 miles, breathtaking climb and then flatish
This is a shorter ride for the winter months. The ride has a tough Climb at beginning up West Chevin to Surprise View but once at the top the rest of the ride is gently stretching and includes a ride round to Eccup Reservoir on quieter roads.
Golden Acre Park:
Strenuous Ride Roundhay Park 30 miles, Category 4 climb
The Roundhay Park cafes are great and offer a range of snacks which is good ….because to get to the café stop on this ride you are going to climb up Black Hill! This was the finale climb on the Tour de Yorkshire and is very challenging, another one to add to the local iconic climbs we do on our strenuous rides! There are stopping places on the climb for you to admire the view and no prizes for getting to the top first! So come with plenty of cash to reward yourself for taking on this challenge and enjoy the rest of the ride which takes in the beautiful Eccup Reservoir and the houses of Millionaires Row (watch out for the tasteful yellow house)