As the farmer’s market is on our rides will gather at Otley Clinic (just behind the Milk Bar Cafe on Manor Square, follow this link to see map) Meeting time is 9:00 and will depart from here by 9:15 at the latest. All rides will return to the Fleece pub in Otley by about 13:00 and we hope you will stop and chat at the end of the ride.
This week we have a stretching and strenuous ride going to celebrate the opening of the Linton Bridge. If you are interested in joining these rides we would appreciate you booking on line (see the links below) so we have an idea of numbers.
We rely on volunteers to lead the rides, if you would like to help out this week or in the future please get in touch.
Gentle Ride: High Trees Carlton 17 miles
Our easiest route perfect for beginners or people needing a recovery ride! This route meanders gently from Otley round Menston and then takes the gentle route of Carlton Lane towards the Chevin. There is a lovely quiet loop around Bramhope and then a return via Surprise View and down West Chevin. The café stop is at Le Jardin (High Trees Garden Centre) http://www.hightrees.co.uk/caf-le-jardin
The café does a full range of home baked cakes, butties and cooked breakfasts at a reasonable price so you will really enjoy this coffee stop! If the weather is good there is an outdoor walled garden you can enjoy
Ride Leader : Kaz Jones and Andrew Chalke
Stretching: Fewston 19 Miles (Hilly)
Slightly more challenging than the gentle ride but at an easy pace with plenty of stops.
A great introduction ride to the beauty of the Washburn Valley. This is a hilly ride but the hill climbing is mainly on quiet back roads where you can pause when you want. There will be no pressure to “rush for the summit” because the views are amazing and your cycling friends will be happy taking photographs at the top until everyone is up the hill.
The route leaves Otley on the back road and then climbs the hill from Weston. A few pauses may be needed to appreciate the beauty of this climb. Then a lovely descent to Fewston Reservoir via the village of Timble and then a short climb to the café stop at Cobby Sykes Farm Shop and Café. The café stop does a great range of snacks and drinks, including goat herd coffee and is very easy on the purse!!
After the café stop we return to Otley on quiet back roads, including “Jack Lane” where you will see fantastic views of the Washburn Valley. A final climb up past Lindley reservoir takes you back to Farnley and a nice descent back to Otley
Stretching Plus Ride: Linton Bridge 30 miles
To book your place on this popular ride please reserve a free ticket and arrive by 9.05 to claim your place! There is a fixed price of £9.50 for coffee.
This is our longest stretching ride so is perfect for more experienced riders who are almost ready to move to a strenuous ride option.
The route means we get to see the newly reopened Linton Bridge. The route is gently undulating, with the only significant climb at Kearby Cliff. After going through Sicklinghall you can admire the restored bridge at Linton before turning into the beautiful driveway that leads to Wood Hall Spa Hotel. The hotel will be hosting a cyclists special for us – £9.50 for a selection of egg/bacon sandwiches, scones and coffee/tea. Our last visit here was a real treat! After the coffee stop we will return to Otley using a bridleway around the back of the grounds. There is a short section of this that is unpaved (about 100metres) most of us were able to continue riding over this section but if you prefer to push no one will mind! The route then rejoins the outward route back to Otley.
Ride Guide: Iain Helliwell supported by Richard Ogden
Strenuous Ride: Linton Bridge 30 Miles
To book your place on this popular ride please reserve a free ticket
This option will give you a nice flat ride out along the Pool Road and then through the Harewood estate. A short section on the main road before turning off towards Collingham. Then the route will cross the recently reopened Linton Bridge. After admiring the beauty of this bridge the route takes on a long driveway to the beautiful Wood Hall Spa Hotel. The hotel will be hosting a cyclists special for us – £9.50 for a selection of egg/bacon sandwiches, scones and coffee/tea. Our last visit here was a real treat! After the coffee stop we will return to Otley using a bridleway around the back of the grounds. There is a short section of this that is unpaved (about 100metres) most of us were able to continue riding over this section but if you prefer to push no one will mind! You will then take familiar roads back to Otley.
Ride Guide: Mark Sage