Half day social ride reports for 2nd July 2017

After a minor blip last time out, numbers were back up this week and thus we had six rides go out in all different directions, utilising a fine selection of cafe terraces and gardens. The sun was out, but the wind was up too – thank goodness we have those helmets keep our wigs in place.

I think I’m right in saying that Shaun led a social series ride for the first time this week – for which we are always grateful – thanks Shaun!


Strenuous Ride to Hampsthwaite

Shaun’s report…

A small group of 6 set off us for Hampsthwaite after a brief discussion about taking Norwood directly we decided to stick to the usual routes and flank Norwood to the east. I took gate duties and we rapidly found ourselves atop Norwood without too much trouble.

On up to Pennypot Lane and all safely across the A59, the descent into Kettlesing bottom is lovely we were soon into Birstwith, climbing Clint Bank then another good descent into Hampsthwaite.

Coffee & scones in the very lovely Sophie’s shouldn’t be missed – very cyclist friendly – no bike locks required.

The second half went without problems although the steep descent at the Oak Beck elbow needed care as a cross wind was picking up by this time.

A good ride with a good bunch, kudos to Janine who took on the hills without ever hitting first gear…goat potential I think.

Thanks to Chris, Mike, Mark, Janine and Rick


Gentle ride to Addingham

Ian’s report…

There were 12 riders jostling for position on this weeks gentle ride so we decided to go with two groups. Steve took six with him and I had a a nice mix of older & newer members along with me.


The outward leg to Addingham was mostly into a steadily increasing headwind that made us glad to reach the turn for home. The customary hauling of bikes over the footbridge was done with military precision before we made our way back to Ilkley for our coffee stop at La Stazione.

The other group were not too far behind and luckily we all managed to find seats outside in the sunshine. The stiffening wind didn’t cause us too many problems and we all made it safely back to Otley for a post ride drink.

Many thanks to Dave for his kind offer to back mark the group he did us all proud


Stretching ride to Fewston

Gary’s report…

After about four weeks off the bike resting my dodgy Achilles I thought leading a stretching ride would be a nice steady ride? I didn’t factor in the hills & the strong winds!

It was a pleasure to see so many at the Buttercross again on a Sunday morning. We had one new rider, Ian, and nine other riders decided to join Sandra and I on the ride to Fewston.

We climbed out of Otley up to Farnley & then down to Lindley Bridge & then the long climb all the way to Beckwithshaw.

Not sure about the pouting – and Colin what are you doing?! 😀

After Beckwithshaw  we headed to the wind tunnel that is Norwood Lane, stopping to regroup occasionally.

Finally we reached the cafe stop at Fewston Church – Washburn Heritage Centre & what a gorgeous spot it was with epic cream sponge cake!  We had entertainment too, from Hazel with her daisy in her shoe!  😆 😆  ….sorry, you had to be there!

From the cafe twas only about 8 miles home but up to timble & then upto the top of little Snowden. We had some cyclists warning us of the crosswinds going up Snowden so we took it carefully & they weren’t wrong! It was very strong up there & also on the descent into Otley!

All round a great day and a big thank you must go to Raymond for back marking the ride & doing a great job!


Strenuous ride to Darley

Andy’s report…

Three of us set off on a hilly ride to Darley. We chose to go at our own pace and enjoy the views of Wharfedale, The Washburn Valley and Nidderdale. The route was one that we’d used of the Mountain Goats about a week before with the added benefit of being able to find the village Post Office cafe at Darley.

We started with the climb up from Asquith and then round Snowden Cragg, on through Timble and Fewson and up to a handy paved short cut bridleway which took us straight into Nidderdale.

The Post Office cafe was a great treat. Plenty of space to sit outside with super views of Nidderdale, great value coffee and possibly the best bacon in Yorkshire. Even better, the shop had the most delicious strawberries and we got through two refreshing punnets between us.

As there was just the three of us, we had a good chill out before heading back up and over past Menwith Hill, took in the incredible views from Jack Lane and then descended back into Otley.

Perfect day, perfect company, perfect views and a perfect cafe.


Stretching ride to Harewood

Richard’s report…

As the sun was shining it was no surprise to see lots of eager cyclists at the Buttercross ready for the Sunday social rides. There was a good mixture of rides available and also a few new faces and some returning riders which is fantastic to see.

We rode from the Buttercross along Pool Road and Arthington Lane to reach our first climb of the day Creskeld Lane. With extra layers soon shed we all made it easily to the top of the hill at our own pace, no pressure, no race which is one of the many qualities of the social series, just cyclists out doing what they enjoy with great people. After we’d all regrouped we rode effortlessly along to King Lane and down Eccup Lane before we entered the Harewood estate and a slight bit of off-roading which didn’t see anybody unseated and all safely to Muddy Boots our café stop of the day. The red kites were circling very low today which was fantastic to watch as they glided through the air.

After we’d all been refreshed with coffee, bacon butties and cake it was time get back to our bikes for the return journey to Otley via Weeton with a quick stop at St. Barnabas to pose for the camera. There was a choice of flat or another hill, back via Pool Road or up over Farnley Hill and back to the Fleece for a post ride chat. The flat group led by Ken, thanks for that and for organising the day. Thanks also to Justin for back marking the ride. All in all a good ride with plenty of chat and no issues along the way. Well done all and thanks for making it a perfect Sunday morning on the bike!