Social Series Half-day Rides Sunday 7 April

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 7 April!

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: Eccup and the Donkeys (19 miles)

Our Gentle ride will set off along the Pool Road which can be busy but is flat for about 3 miles and we can split into smaller groups. We will then go up Creskeld Lane. This is steep in places but there are plenty of stopping places to enjoy the views!

We will go up to Eccup reservoir to admire the views and then return on the back roads to the Donkey Sanctuary and café  so 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.


Café: The Donkey Sanctuary – bring cash!

Stretching Ride 1: Netherby (going up or down ‘the cliff’ – Ride Leader’s Choice) (23 miles)

Our routes go to Netherby on a route that is straight out and back using the back roads of Castley and Weeton with a clocwise or anti-clockwise loop around Kirkby Overblow. There isn’t a lot of climbing to do (in Wharfedale terms) and some great views from the top of Kearby Cliff. We usually see lots of red kites and on a fine day there is no better view. There is a slightly tricky right hand turn off the main Harrogate Road to get to the Sicklinghall Road so you need to take care at this point. There is often a head wind on the return to Otley so do make sure you have enough energy in your legs for this challenge! If you do it anti-clockwise the climb is steeper, and the coffee stop is before the climb………

The cafe can offer ‘light’ bites but we advise you take snacks just in case. And we politely request that the ride leader rings the cafe during the week to let them know you’re coming – Thanks 🙂

Anti-Clockwise (i.e. up the Cliff):

Clockwise (i.e. up Overblow):

Café: The Stables Bar and Restaurant at Maustin Park caravan park – 0113 288 6060

Stretching Ride 2: Fewston (21 miles)

This is ride will test out your climbing legs and will feel longer than the stated 21 miles! We start with the climb up to Farnley and then a sharp descent to the trout farm. A steady climb brings the route to the top of the ridge with views to Otley on the left and Harrogate on the right. The ride goes along Norwood Lane towards Fewston, this road can be very challenging in a head wind so is a good time for you to practice your “drafting skills” by riding in a compact group. After the coffee stop at Washburn Heritage Centre, the route goes to the top of the Snowdon Ridge via Timble village and then a lovely long descent back into Otley.


Café stop: Washburn Heritage Centre, Fewston

Strenuous Ride: Lumpy via Stump Cross- 39 miles

This route is borrowed from the mountain goats so it’s lumpy but we’ll still be back by 1pm. We have a lead for this one.


If anyone fancies a shorter strenuous ride you could go to Bolton Abbey but we haven’t got a lead for that one – feel free to offer to lead this if you like.

Bolton Abbey via Storiths and Langbar (in reverse) (28 miles)

This route lives up to the “strenuous” name. It goes via Middleton and on to Buffers for a cafe stop before descending to Cavendish Pavilion and returning via a climb over Langbar and takes the lower flatter road back to Otley. This route is a challenging with great views, but not everybody will get up Langbar without stopping. The descents are very steep so should only be attempted by riders with brakes in full working order.


Café: Buffers at Storiths