We have a wide range of ride options for all social riders, from a gentle ride to Addingham , stretching rides to Ilkley and Pannal and a strenuous ride to Thruscross.
All rides will gather at the Buttercross in the main market place at 9.00 and will depart from here by 9.15. 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!
Gentle Ride: Addingham 19 miles
This gentle mainly flat ride goes on the back road towards Bolton Abbey and then we will walk over the footbridge to Addingham. Café stop will be decided on the day but will be good ! There are some short sections of main road on this route but it is a lovely gentle route and an ideal introduction to social riding …
The café stop will be in Addingham or Ilkley .
Ride Guide: Steven Moncur
Back marker: Kerri Holmes
Stretching Ride 1: 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!
There are various café options in Ilkley, including La Stazione and Outside the Box.
Ride Guide 1: TBC
Ride Guide 2: TBC (if needed)
Stretching Ride 2: Pannal 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 Pannel 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 or Self Service Café at Crimple Hall Garden Centre
Ride guide: TBC
Strenuous Ride: Thruscross 27 Miles
This is the most challenging of all of our Strenuous Rides with a lot of hill climbing involved, the views are worth it though! This ride takes you to Thruscross Reservoir and a very challenging hill climb with some amazing views! The ride crosses over the dam at Thruscross which is a great place to take some photos of the amazing scenery of Nidderdale.
The coffee stop is at the Farm Café with a good range of snacks. The return leg will take in views of Fewston Reservoir from Jack Lane (watch out for the gravel on this road) and the route takes a detour via the gated road to give you a very strenuous work out (a quicker return leg may be taken)
Café Upper Cobby Syke Farm Shop Café .
Ride guide: TBC