Otley Half Day Social ride plan for Sunday the 10th of September 2017



Otley Half Day Social ride plan for Sunday the 10th of September 2017

Hello Otley Social  riders here are the planned rides for the 10th of September 2017, Time to get as many Social series rides in  before the Autumn / Winter Weather sets in. I have requested a Sunny day but not too hot with no wind.

As usual to meet at the Buttercross for 9.00am leaving on rides at 9.15am.  Ride Coordinator Mark Jones.


Gentle Ride Option

Addingham 19 miles

This gentle mainly flat ride goes on the back road towards Bolton Abbey and then we walk over the footbridge to Addingham. If it is a nice day we will have our café stop at the Fleece Deli in Addingham but if it is full (it is only a tiny café) we will stop at Ilkley on the return ride.  There are some short sections of main road on this route but it is a lovely gentle route and an ideal introduction to social cycling!

Option: divert to look at the Stepping Stones at Burley in Wharfedale, there is a short section of rough bridleway but it is a nice break from the road



La Stazione Ilkley – Confirmed

Ride Guide – David Bennett

Back Marker – Liz Rits


Stretching Ride Option 1

Roundhay Ramble 28 Miles

This is a change to the normal Roundhay route as we did the other route quite recently, so today we’ll go up through Guiseley and over Carlton Lane before a trip along Millionaires Row to see some quirky architecture choices! After the café stops the rides will return to Otley via Eccup reservoir and a gradual sweeping decent along Leeds Road back to The Fleece ….



Either The Mansion House or the Tropical World Café

Ride Guide – Steven Moncur



Stretching Ride Option 2

Silsden 25 Miles

This route starts on the Ilkley road and then briefly joins the By Pass road to Ilkley before taking the old Otley Road to Burley in Wharfedale. It is routed in this direction to avoid congestion on the back road as all groups are going in this direction! The route takes you through Ilkley on a short stretch of the A65 and then up to Addingham Moorside on a lovely quiet back road which climbs to take in amazing views in all directions. You will take at least two stops on the climb to take photos and get your breath back! Once you reach the top of the climb it is an easy descent into Silsden and the café stop before retracing your ride back over the hill again and then eventually taking the back road to Otley. This is one of our more demanding stretching rides because of the hill climb over to Silsden, which is very steep in places.


Café  – Bilaluci Café Bar opens on a Sunday – Confirmed

Ride Guide – Christine Bell


Strenuous Ride Option

Silsden 29 Miles


This is a good leg stretcher with a short warm up via Middleton and then the challenging climb up to the top of Silsden for amazing panoramic views. The strenuous route takes a left hand turn (signed West Yorkshire Cycle Way) and then a winding descent on steep, quiet back roads into the town. After the café stop we head back up another hill, which is very steep in places. We then take a left turn onto the main road from Silsden to Addingham. Our route takes us through Addingham and along the quiet back road to rejoin the A65 into Ilkley. This is a challenging ride but it is still a social ride so we will stop at the top of the climbs and take lots of photos of the views (allowing you to catch your breath!)



Bilaluci Café Bar, Silsden, – Confirmed

Ride Guide – Graham Smith


See you at the Buttercross at 9.00am on the 10th of September 2017, Ill introduce you to my new Bike if its ready for then. Have a great ride and a social gathering at the Café’s and the Fleece. Mark Jones Ride Coordinator.