ADDINGHAM 19 MILES
This gentle mainly flat ride goes on the back road towards Bolton Abbey and
then we walk over the footbridge to Addingham. If it is a nice day we will have our café stop at the Fleece Deli in Addingham but if it is full (it is only a tiny café) we will stop at Ilkley on the return ride. There are some short sections of main road on this route but it is a lovely gentle route and an ideal introduction to social cycling!
divert to look at the Stepping Stones at Burley in Wharfedale, there is a
short section of rough
bridleway but it is a nice break from the road
the Fleece Deli (this is open again)
Ride Leader Steven Moncur
Back Marker Mark Jones
Ride Leader Ian Helliwell
FEWSTON WASHBURN VALLEY
This is ride will really test out your climbing legs and it will feel much long than 21 miles! In return we offer you the glories of the “Yorkshire Lake District” with views across the reservoirs of Fewston and Lindley. This ride is particularly good in Autumn when you are treated to the autumn leaves. We start with the climb up to Farnley and then a sharp descent to the Trout Farm. A steady climb brings the route to the top of the ridge with views to Otley on the left and Harrogate on the right.The ride goes along Norwood Lane towards Fewston, this road can be very challenging in a head wind so is a good time for you to practice your “drafting skills” by riding in a compact group. After the coffee stop the route goes to the top of the Snowden Ridge via Timble village and then a lovely long descent back into Otley
Ride Leader Gary Purchon
HAREWOOD 24 MILES
This ride starts on familiar roads with a gentle ride along to Weeton. After a slightly tricky right hand turn onto the Harrogate Road we go into the grounds of Harewood House. The delights of deer, highland cattle and red kites can be enjoyed. After the break at Muddy Boots café we go along the bridleway to Weardley (ok for road bikes but you may like to push for short sections) and then a hill climb up to Eccup which is a good challenge!
Meet at the bench at the top of the hill for views and group photo opportunity!
Café Muddy Boots
Team 1 Richard Ogden
Team 2 Justin Dyson
HAMPSTHWAITE 30 MILES
Hampsthwaite is the burial place of Joshua Tetley and also the burial place of a two and a half foot woman apparently! This ride takes you out along Norwood Edge and then through the various Kettlesing villages to Hampsthwaite. The route returns via Beckwithshaw and North Rigton. It is a hilly route with some great views and some interesting back roads to explore.
Sophie’s at Hampsthwaite
Team1 Shaun Welby
Ride Leader Andy Boylan
People can expect some fabulous views. We’ll take the lomg climb up from Asquith and will soon be on the moor with great views of the Washburn Valley. After crossing Fewston reservoir we’ll head for Darley and views of Nidderdale and the cafe. The route back takes us round Norwood Edge, with views again of the reservoirs, and then along the gated road to descend back into Otley.
cafe stop Post office cafe Darley