Half Day Social Rides Sunday 14th January 2018

Happy New Year !

Our first Social Series Rides of the Year ….We have a Gentle Ride going to Harewood House Estate, Stretching rides going to Thorner and Panel and a Strenuous ride going to Roundhay

Gentle Ride to Harewood 18 miles 

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 (mainly 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


Cafe Stop @ Muddy Boots

Ride Leader and Back Marker TBC

Stretching Rides to Thorner and Panel

Thorner Ride (via Eccup and Shadwell) – 30 miles

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 Black Hill Lane and onto the Arthington-Pool Road.


Cafe Stop @ Deli in Thorner or Dexter Pub

Ride Leader and Back Marker TBC

Pannel Ride – 24 miles 

This is a very attractive route which starts off with the short climb to Farnley and then a descent and short climb along the back roads behind Lindley reservoir. This includes one of the hills climbs that our mini flyers now find is possible rather than impossible! The route continues on back roads, through the streets of Pannel and then onto the main road to the Garden Centre for our coffee stop. After

the coffee stop the route is very gentle back to Otley with some long descents and a few shorter climbs. It is a great ride with fantastic views


Cafe Stop @ Christians Bistro

Ride Leader & Back Marker TBC

Strenuous Ride to Roundhay – 28 or 30 miles

This ride takes us out of our usual territory out into East Keswick via Eccup reservoir. This is a good choice of ride if you want to explore a different area and are confident on main roads. The hill climbing is less on this route than many of our strenuous routes. Most of the climbing is early in the ride and there are some more gentle slopes towards East Keswick. There is a short section of main A Road (Harewood Avenue) on this route which will require confident riding in single file in smaller groups (no more than 6 in each group)

East Keswick Option: This route includes the Harewood Avenue


Wyke Option; This route uses the A61 instead of Harewood Avenue


Ride Leader and Back Marker TBC

Cafe @ Muddy Boots – Note the Cafe Stop is late in the ride, you may want to bring a snack or 2 !