Half-Day Social Rides Sunday 5th November

On Sunday 5th November we are going to attempt the rides that we cancelled last week , these are a great selection of rides ranging from a Gentle (ish) ride to Almscliffe Cragg to a Strenuous ride to Daley and a choice of 2 gorgeous Stretching Rides …

Gentle Ride to see the Donkeys !

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. There is a small café area and you can spend some time with the donkeys! The return to Otley will go via Bramhope and then a long descent into Otley to finish at the Fleece

Cafe Stop at The Donkey Sactuary

Ride Leader Steve Moncur
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Choice of Stretching Rides to Thorner or Netherby

Thorner via Eccup and Shadwell

This relatively flat 30 mile route goes through Pool, Bramhope, Eccup, Alwoodley, Shadwell, Thorner,

Scarcroft and returns to Otley on a similar route as far as Eccup, but then descends down Leeds Road giving a nice gentle ride back to the Fleece.

Cafe Stop – Deli in Thorner (if nice enough to sit out) or The Dexter

Ride Leader Stephen Gallagher
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If a 3rd Stretching ride is required it will also go to Thorner

Ride Leader Mark Jones

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Stretching Option 2 – Netherby

A newish ride which starts along Pool Road before heading along Castley/Weeton lane and crossing Harrogate Road we then stop for our coffee stop at The Stables, straight after coffee we climb Kearby Cliff then follow a lovely quiet lane before a gentle climb to North Rigton, we then have a choice of Farnley Lane  or a fast sprint back to the pub along Pool Road.

Cafe Stop – The Stables at Netherby

Ride Leader Steve Lake
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Strenuous Ride to Darley

If you have never tried the café at Darley Mills then this is the ride for you! There are some beautiful views as you cross past over the Washburn Valley and the café will restore your energy levels ready for the return leg. There will be plenty of hills and as always there will stops to admire the views! Fantastic snacks and cakes are guaranteed!

Cafe Stop at Village Shop / Post Office  (due to the size of the Cafe, a maximum of 8 riders on the Strenuous route)

Ride Leader Liz Hills

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