New Year Day Half Day Social Rides

Welcome in 2017 with a lovely half day ride with our social riders! Today we will be meeting at 10.00 at Otley Buttercross (main market place) as we know you may want a little longer in bed after the New Year celebrations. The rides range from 19 miles to 28 miles and will all be at a steady pace with plenty of stops to admire views, chat and take photographs. Each ride has a cafe stop, we may vary this according to the preferences of the group and how much space there is in the cafe!

Gentle – Addingham/Ilkley 19 Miles

This is a very pleasant route along the valley to the footbridge at Addingham. The route crosses the footbridge (don’t worry we will all help carry the bikes across!) and then returns along back roads (and a short stretch of main road) to Ilkley. There is a stop at a local café in Ilkley to refuel before the return to Otley.  This is a really good introduction to social cycling


Stretching/Easy – Bolton Bridge – 23 Miles

This shorter stretching route is ideal for those riders who want to go a little bit further. The ride goes along the back roads of the valley to the bridge at Bolton Abbey. We will stop for tea at the Abbey Tea Rooms and return along the same route



Stretching – Bolton Abbey 26 Miles

This is a classic ride along the valley to either the Tea Cottage or Cavendish Pavillion or an enjoyable coffee stop.  You may bump into local celebrity cyclists at the café stop. This route goes along the gentle valley roads on the outward leg and then takes the main road via Burley in Wharfedale for a slightly flatter route back to Otley.



Strenuous – Langbar and Buffers – 28 miles

On a clear day this route offers you amazing views as you will leave the valley road at Middleton and commerce a gentle climb up to Langbar. There is a very steep descent back to the valley road and then a short section of main road before turning off to the left to take the road to Storithes and Buffers Café – a unique railway café! The return route goes via Cavendish Pavilion and then takes the back road to Addingham and Ilkley and then returns on the back roads to Otley. This is a really good introduction to our strenuous rides if you are looking to go a bit further and steeper than the stretching rides.