Half-Day Social Ride Options 21st May 2017

Better late than never but here are your Social Ride Options for Sun 21st May


Gentle Ride (18 miles)

We’re off to Harewood House, where I promise you nice enough weather to sit outside, enjoy the glorious sunshine and eat some cakes and if you’re lucky see some red kits flying overhead.

This is a perfect Introduction to Otley Cycle Club ride because it is relatively flat and will take you on roads
that you are unlikely to have been on before, including the fantastic bridleways at Harewood.
The route goes out from Otley along the main Pool Road, which can be busy at times but we will divert to take the pointless loop to the Fishing Ponds. At Pool we will break into smaller groups for
the road along Arthington as this can be busy. We will then take a right hand turn to Weardley which is a quiet back road with a short hill climb. This leads us to Harewood Estate where there are (m
ainly tarmac) Bridleways giving us views of the valley and of deer and highland cattle. The return leg goes
on the back roads to Otley, via Weeton and Castley
Ride Leader Steve Moncur Backmarker Sheila Mason
With a café stop at Muddy Boots – a regular haunt of the club ..


Feeling a bit more adventurous then try one of our Stretching Rides we’re off to Fewston or Bolton Abbey


Fewston ( A Hilly 21 miles)

This is ride will really test out your climbing legs and it will feel much long than 21 miles! In return we offer you the glories of the Yorkshire Lake District with views across the reservoirs of Fewston and Lindley. This ride is particularly good in Autumn when you are treated to the autumn leaves.
We start with the climb up to Farnley and then a sharp descent to the Trout Farm. A steady climb brings the
route to the top of the ridge with views to Otley on the left and Harrogate on the right. The ride goes along
Norwood Lane towards Fewston, this road can be very challenging in a head wind so is a good time for you to practice your drafting skills by riding in a compact group. After the coffee stop at Fewston Farm Shop / Café (Cobby Sykes)   the route goes to the top of the Snowden Ridge via Timble village and then a lovely long descent back into Otley
Ride Leader Jill Birch (Backmarker TBD on the day)


Bolton Abbey (Flattish 26 miles)

A flattish introduction to stretching rides, although the ride leader could agree (with everyone’s permission) to “push it a little bit” and choose café stop slightly further up the road !  Options for coffee stop (to be decided on the day) are Abbey Tea Rooms or the cyclists favourite Cavendish Pavilion

Ride Leader Brian Keighley (Backmarker TBD on the day)


Feeling Brave and Adventurous then try our Strenuous ride (29 miles)

This route lives up to the “strenuous” name. It goes via Middleton and on to Buffers for a cafe stop before
descending to Cavendish Pavilion and returning via a climb over Langbar and takes the lower flatter road back to Otley. This route is a challenging with great views, but not everybody will get up Langbar without stopping.The descents are very steep so should only be attempted by riders with brakes
in full working order.


Ride Leader : Christine Bell (Backmarker TBD on the day)