Social Series Half-day Rides Sunday 21 April

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 21 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 stick around for a chat at the end of the ride.

Both our Gentle and Stretching rides are doable on a mountain bike, hydrid or road bike – #AnyBikeWillDo. And we welcome e-bikes on any 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.

We’re always looking for ride leaders, so if you’re interested in leading one of these rides get in touch via the event on the club Facebook Group or email:

Gentle Ride: North Rigton (16 miles)

This route starts with a gentle ride along Pool Road and then gradually ascends up to Armscliffe Cragg stopping at the Square & Compass for coffee and free smarties. 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: Square and Compass, North Rigton

Stretching Ride 1: Fewston (29 miles)

This is an anti-clockwise loop via Fewston via Armscliff Cragg and with some climbs through Burn Bridge and Beckwithshaw before dropping down to the cafe stop at 20 miles in.


Cafe: Washburn Heritage Centre at Fewston Church

Stretching Ride 2: Harrogate (A) (22 miles)

This route goes up to Harlow Carr via North Rigton and returns on the main road from Beckwithshaw. The return leg has one significant hill climb but then is downhill with the return on the Pool Road making it ideal for tired legs!


Cafe: Betty’s at Harlow Carr

Strenuous Ride: Harrogate Central (30 miles) – TBC

This route approaches Harrogate via Fewston so you can expect some good hill climbing on the outward leg. There is a speedy stretch along the relatively flat Penny Pot Lane and then some interesting roads into central Harrogate.  The return leg  is via Beckwithshaw, North Rigton and Leathley.

Route details:

Cafe stop: There is a choice of good cafes in Harrogate, but we can suggest Prologue Café (HG2 0NA). Please note, it can get busy with other cycling groups on a Sunday, so there is potential for delays. An alternative could be the cafe in the Valley Gardens, but please walk with your bikes through the park to get to this coffee stop rather than ride.