Social Series rides on Sun 23rd October

Our Social Series rides on Sunday 23rd October take us to the Donkey Sanctuary in Eccup (Gentle option) and to one of Europe’s largest urban parks, the magnificent Roundhay Park (Stretching & Strenuous options) – see details below.

The Gentle Ride will be visiting the cafe at the Donkey Sanctuary. We’ve initially split the groups going to Roundhay into two, based on café choice – this will give you the option of a more ‘upmarket’ cafe stop at The Mansion and a regular café stop at either the Lakeside or Tropical World cafés.

All rides meet at the Buttercross and leave at 9:15am.

Gentle Ride: Eccup & Donkeys (19 Miles)

Our Gentle ride sets off along the Pool Road which can be busy but is flat for about 3 miles. We then go up Creskeld Lane, which is steep in places but there are plenty of places to stop for a breather! There is another busy stretch of road until we reach the quieter lanes around of Eccup. We will then ride up to Eccup Reservoir and then head on to the Donkey Sanctuary, where 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.

Route details: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/11002078
Café stop:
The Donkey Sanctuary, Eccup

Group 1 Ride Guide: Steve Moncur
Group 1 Back Marker: Mike Blank

Group 2 Ride Guide: Ian Helliwell
Group 2 Back Marker: Richard Ogden


Stretching Ride: Roundhay Ramble (28 miles)

This route takes you along Leeds’ back roads in our quest to find you some fine snacks and coffee at Roundhay Park – one of the largest and most magnificent urban parks in Europe! It begins with a gradual climb to Surprise View – with recommended stopping places to admire the views! From here you get a trip along Leeds’ ‘Millionaires’ Row’ where you can see some eclectic architectural styles. After the café stops, the route returns to Otley via Eccup Reservoir and an exciting descent of Black Hill – make sure your brakes are in good order for this ride!

Route details: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/10894269
Café stop: Either The Mansion House, The Lakeside Café or the Tropical World Café

Group 1 (Mansion House Cafe) – Ride Guide: Liz Hills
Group 2 (Lakeside Café or Tropical World Café) – Ride Guide: Jill Birch

Backmarkers for both groups to be decided on the day


Strenuous Ride: Roundhay Roamer (29 miles)

The Roundhay Park cafés offer a range of snacks which is a big plus…because to get to the café stop on this ride you are going to climb up Black Hill! This was the final 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 for you to catch your breath 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 a dash through Alwoodley and the beautiful Eccup Reservoir.

Route details: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/11002036
Café stop: Either The Mansion House, The Lakeside Café or the Tropical World Café

Group 1 (Mansion House Cafe) – Ride Guide: Matt Langdon
Group 2 (Lakeside Café or Tropical World Café) – Ride Guide: Barry Atha

Backmarkers for both groups to be decided on the day

Reserves: Julia Day, Christine Thwaite, Steve Morris, Christine Bell, Mark Sage