Social Series half-day rides on 18th December 2016

There is a Christmas farmer’s market on today so we will meet at the Health Centre 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: 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.

The café stop will be at the New Inn or Dexter pub.

The return to Otley will go via Bramhope and then a long descent into Otley to finish at the Fleece.

Ride Guide: Mark Sage

Back marker: Richard Ogden

Stretching Ride: 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: Steve Morris

Ride Guide 2: Ruth Swanwick

Strenuous Ride: East Keswick 28 miles

This ride takes us out of our usual territory out into East Keswick via Eccup reservoir. This is a good choice of ride if you want to explore a different area and are confident on main roads. The hill climbing is less on this route than many of our strenuous routes.

Most of the climbing is early in the ride and there are some more gentle slopes towards East Keswick. There is a short section of main A Road (Harewood Avenue) on this route that will require confident riding in single file in smaller groups (no more than 6 in each group)

You may want to bring a snack as the break (at Muddy Boots) is towards the end of this route.

Ride Guide: Ian Helliwell