Next up, our Gentle ride heads out towards Eccup via Creskeld Lane, which has plenty of stopping places then return via the Donkey Sanctuary, our Stretching Ride 1 heads towards Pannal via route from Otley over Farnley and Lindley Reservoir route over to Pannal, Stretching Ride 2 heads over to Ilkley Cow and Calf via Menston taking views over the Chevin on route and the Strenuous ride heads for Harewood via a route that takes in Wyke out of the normal Social ride series area for a while.
Fingers crossed for more weather like on our last couple of outings! Details on each ride are as follows…
Eccup and Donkeys 19 Miles
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
Café The Donkey Sanctuary has a café and toilets
Ride Guide: Steven Moncur
Back Marker: Karen Llewellyn
Stand by Ride Guide / Backmarker if High numbers: Jill Birch
Stretching Ride 1:
Pannel 24 Miles
This is a very attractive route which starts off with the short climb to Farnley and then a descent and short climb along the back roads behind Lindley reservoir. This includes one of the hills climbs that our mini flyers now find is possible rather than impossible! The route continues on back roads, through the streets of Pannal and then onto the main road to the Garden Centre for our coffee stop. After the coffee stop the route is very gentle back to Otley with some long descents and a few shorter climbs. It is a great ride with fantastic views.
Café: Christian’s Bistro at Crimple Hall Garden Centre
Ride Guide: Mike Blank
Stretching Ride 2 :
Ilkley via Menston and Cow and Calf 24 Miles
A gentle outwards approach using Pool Road to Creskeld Lane makes this a good warm up ride. After Creskeld Lane there is a climb up to Bramhope and then the route goes along the top of the Chevin to take in Surprise View and then follows the course of the Tour de Yorkshire down Buckle Lane and up to the Moor road climbing gradually to the Cow and Calf. From Ilkley we return via Asquith and the back roads. Our café stop is a later point than usual in the ride so bring snacks!
Café There are various options in Ilkley, the suggested option is La Stazione.
Ride Guide: Ruth Swanwick
Harewood via Wike near East Keswick 28 MILES
This ride takes us out of our usual territory out into East Keswick via Eccup reservoir. This is a good choice of ride if you want to explore a different area and are confident on main roads. The hill climbing is less on this route than many of our strenuous routes.
Most of the climbing is early in the ride and there are some more gentle slopes towards East Keswick. There is a short section of main A Road (Harewood Avenue) on this route which will require confident riding in single file in smaller groups (no more than 6 in each group)
You may want to bring a snack as the break (at Muddy Boots) is towards the end of this route.
Wyke Option; This route uses the A61 instead of Harewood Avenue.
Café Muddy Boots
Ride Guide: Christine Bell
If High Numbers on the Stretching 1 Ride or the Strenuous ride, Mark Jones will cover as Ride Guide. If there are any other experienced Ride Guides that may be available on the 7th of May ride if we have high numbers your assistance would be greatly appreciated.