Social Half Day Rides 4th December 2016

It is our most magical of all the half day social riding events….”The Riding Out Dinner”! We will meet at the Buttercross in Otley and cycle in a very leisurely fashion. At 11.30 we will join other members of Otley Cycle Club at the Wharfedale Pub in Arthington for our Christmas Meal.


How do I book my Christmas Dinner?

Places for the Christmas Meal need to be booked in advance from Pam Baxter. If you are staying for the meal then we will eat at about 12.30 and then cycle back to Otley at a social riding pace at about 14.30/15.00 so bring lights!!!

Do I have to come for dinner?

Not at all! Our rides will finish at the pub and you are welcome to leave us at pub and return along the main road (taking the right at the White Hart Pub roundabout)  to Pool and then take the left hand turn at the Petrol Station to take the Pool Road back to Otley.

Another option is to park at the pub, cycle to Otley and then drive home from the pub.

Is Fancy Dress Compulsory?

2015-12-06-08-58-05Erhhh…No….but! Most people do wear something a bit seasonal. This could be a Christmas jumper or a tinsel covered helmet. Many people go for full costume with elves, santas and bizarrely Elvis.

Watch this short video clip to get a sense of the riding!

Do I have to be full of Christmas Cheer?

We hope you will be amused by all the costumes and find it easy to smile. As an additional incentive this is a weekend dedicated to “Hope not Hate” across the UK. Lets do our bit for peace on earth by waving at other cyclists and helpful drivers.


Is there a coffee stop on the ride?

We have a range of ride options, between 11 and 18 miles. Each group has a coffee stop option – weather conditions and the antics of the elves will decide whether you want to take a suggested stop, go somewhere else or carry on to get to the pub.

All rides will be at a relaxed social pace, and the mileage is just to the Wharfedale pub, it is about 5 miles from there back to Otley…..

Liz and Little Donkey 11 Miles (gather at Greggs)

The ride begins along Pool Road with a quiet diversion to the “Fishing Ponds” which is an utterly pointless loop designed so you can relax and chat away from the traffic. After a fairly flat start there is short climb up Creskeld Lane. We will do this in a gradual manner with plenty of stops to admire the views. After another short urban stretch we go onto the back roads of Eccup. An optional call in to see the Donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary and coffee. We then descend to the Wharfedale pub just outside Arthington.

 Ruth and Hark the Hills 12 Miles

This ride is the Carol special with a stop at Armscliffe Cragg for photos and carols! The route to the Cragg will feature some of our favourite back roads and is a treat for all Santas and elves. After the carol stop there is an option of warming coffee at the lovely Local Pantry

Graham and the Rudolph Quest  16 Miles

We go along the back roads from Otley which are pleasantly undulating! At the main Harrogate road this route takes a right hand turn and then a further right hand turn onto the Arthington road before leaving the traffic behind for a short tour of the Harewood Estate to check out the Rudolfs. There is the option of a short coffee stop at Muddy Boots and then a return through the estate and up through Weardley and then onto the main Arthington Road

 Mark and Santa’s Chevin Chase 18 Miles

A festive climb up to Surprise View and then onto Eccup and along Millionaire’s Row makes this a super Santa Ride. There are some great views from this ride and lots of opportunities for photo stops! An optional coffee stop can be taken at the Dexter pub or you can just buy Christmas chocolate at the shop opposite!

Sarah’s Elves Go Wild 18 Miles

This adventure takes you on the back roads to the Iron Bridge at Burley in Wharfedale and then a return through Menston and Guiseley and then up Carlton Lane and then Bramhope and a final swoop down Creskeld to the pub. There is an optional coffee stop at the Cheerful Chilli