Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 24 March!
If you’re thinking of joining us for the first time check out some of our ride reports to read about the fun we have on our rides. Our motto is #NoOneGetsLeftBehind and we love cafe stops as much as we like cycling! You can ride with us twice before deciding whether to join the club.
We meet at the Buttercross Market Sq in the middle of Otley at 9.00 for a 9.15am start. All rides will return to the Fleece pub in Otley by about 13.00 and we hope you will stop and chat at the end of the ride!
If the rides below aren’t what you’re looking for check out our B Rides, Intermediate Rides and A Rides options on Sundays. And we have informal rides on Wednesday nights and Thursday daytimes. And that’s not all – we also have Mountain Bike rides, Mountain Goat rides (for roadies who like hills) and many more informal member-only rides posted by members on the Facebook group.
Gentle: Wharfedale Wanderer v3 – 19 miles
A slightly more demanding gentle route which takes in Burley, Menston, Guiseley and Bramhope. The route goes out past the Fleece and then on the old gated road to Burley in Wharfedale. A cunning route is taken from Burley to Menston, using a short section of footpath (please dismount!!) A tour of the High Royds estate gives us a break from the main roads. After the break in Guiseley the route climbs up the steady Carlton Lane to Bramhope before a steady descent back to Otley
Café: Various options in Guiseley. Our favourite is “Everybody’s Social”
Stretching Ride (1) – Cow and Calf from Burley
A gentle outwards approach using Pool Road to Creskeld Lane makes this a good warm up ride. After Creskeld Lane there is a climb up to Bramhope and then the route goes along the top of the Chevin to take in Surprise View and then follows the course of the Tour de Yorkshire down Buckle Lane and up to the Moor road climbing gradually to the Cow and Calf, from Ilkley we return via Asquith and the back roads. Our café stop is a later point than usual in the ride so bring snacks!
Suggested cafes (ride Guide’s choice!): There are various options in Ilkley, the suggested option is La Stazione.
- Outside The Box
- Fuel Station Cafe at Ilkley Cycles
- La Stazione
- The Cow & Calf Rock Cafe (in the Cow & Calf car park)
Stretching Ride (2) – Roundhay Ramble – 29 miles
This is a very interesting route which will take you along roads you are unlikely to know in our quest to find you some fine snacks and coffee at Roundhay Park. The route begins with a gradual climb to Surprise View – with recommended stopping places to admire the views! From Surprise View you get 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 an exciting descent of Black Hill – make sure your brakes are in good order for this ride!
Strenuous Ride – Embsay (37 miles)
We are evolving the Strenuous ride to (sometimes) make them a bit longer but with the same ethos of ‘no-one gets left behind’ and still back by 1pm (so they’re a bit faster than a Stretching ride).
This clockwise loop via Silsden, Draughton, Embsay and Bolton Bridge is a great new route for us.
Café: Strid Wood Tea Rooms (probably)