An exciting range of options chosen by our ride leaders as it is our Choice Week. These are the rides that our ride leaders love the most and want to share with you!
Gentle 1 https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/10290270
STAINBURN 15 MILES
This will be an easy ride with some climbing but at a very gentle pace and plenty of stops for you to admire the great views and of course there will be fantastic cakes at the Honey House!! The route out starts on the Pool Road so you can get warmed up before the climb up to Armscliffe Cragg via Gravelly Lane. After Armscliffe Cragg it is a very gentle climb to a road on a plateau with views of Harrogate and Otley. On the return to Otley this route usually goes up the hill to Farnley (with stops) so you can get used to climbing Otley hills, but you may also decide to go back via Pool Road, which is longer but flatter
Leading: Steve Moncur Back marker: Lorna Langdon
Gentle 2 https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/11002078
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
Leading: Jim Holmes Back Marker: Ian Helliwell
Stretching 1 http://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/8348580
BOLTON ABBEY: 26 MILES
This option takes the flatter route to Bolton Abbey with a return through Burley in Wharfedale for variety!
Leading: Peter Gosling Back Marker: Michael Klinkenberg
Stretching 2 https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/12134987
PANNEL 24 MILES
A beautiful route which features some of the loveliest of the back roads of the Wharfe Valley. The route leaves Otley via Farnley and then to the Trout Farm, with a steep climb up to a plateau road. You are then mainly descending for the rest of the ride, with gentle sweeping descents to Burn Bridge and then Pannal. The route then diverts onto the main Leeds road to our café stop, which is a hidden gem – tucked away at the back of a garden centre and then returns to Otley via Kirkby Overblow and the back roads of Weeton and Castley.
Leading: Ruth Swanwick Back marker: Carolyn nelson
COW AND CALF REVERSE VIA BUCKLE LANE 24 MILES
This ride will take the famous Cow & Calf in reverse which makes for a far better descent after the hard work climbing. There is no organised café stop for this ride….WHY????? Very good reason, at the bottom of the fantastic descent from the Cow & Calf you will find yourselves in the beautiful town of Ilkley. There you will find several options for a recharging coffee and CAKE, so decide between you on the day and enjoy.
Leading: Neil Ward Back marker: Lorraine Ambler
Strenuous 2 https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/9626716
FEWSTON/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)
Leading: Richard King Back marker: Barry Atha