Social Series rides, 8th October 2017

On Sunday 8th October we have ride options close to Otley (for those who prefer the Gentle option), to Harewood Estate and Bolton Abbey (for those who enjoy the Stretching rides) and a Strenuous ride to Storiths via Langbar. All rides leave from the Buttercross in Otley at 9:15am. Please see below for details…

Gentle Ride: North Rigton (16 miles)

This route starts with a gentle ride along Pool Road and then gradually ascends up to Armscliffe Crag, stopping at the Square & Compass for coffee (with smarties in shot glasses on the side!). The return leg is mainly descending down to Otley, with a short climb up to Farnley which will be done with plenty of stops.

Café stop:
The café stop is the Square & Compass in North Rigton

Ride Guide: David Bennett
Back Marker: Richard Ogden

Stretching Ride 1: Harewood Estate (24 miles)

This ride starts on familiar roads with a gentle ride along to Weeton. After a slightly tricky right hand turn onto the Harrogate Road we go into the grounds of Harewood House. The delights of deer, highland cattle and red kites can be enjoyed. After the break at Muddy Boots café we follow the bridleway to Weardley (OK for road bikes but you may like to push for some short sections) and then a hill climb up to Eccup which is a good challenge. Meet at the bench at the top of the hill for views and group photo opportunity!

Café stop: Muddy Boots at Harewood
Ride Guide: Matt Langdon
Back Marker: Sarah Heartfield

Stretching Ride 2: Bolton Abbey (26 miles)

A classic ride along the valley to the famous Cavendish Pavilion. 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

Café stop: Cavendish Pavilion or any other preferred options near Bolton Abbey
Ride Guide:
Mark Jones
Back Marker: Decided on day

Strenuous Ride: Storiths via Langbar (27 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 Storiths and Buffers Café – a unique railway café! The return route goes via Cavendish Pavilion and then takes the back road to Addingham and Ilkley

Café stop: Buffers Café at Storiths
Ride Guide: Pam Clulow
Back Marker: Chris Winters


Reserve: Mark Sage