Social Series Half-day Rides Sunday 2 June

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 2 June.

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: Wharfedale Special (17 miles)

A lovely ride that which uses the back road by the golf course onto Ellar Gyll and then meanders round Menston. After an explore of the suburbs we then do a gentle climb up Carlton lane to get you to the top of Chevin with minimal effort! An optional pointless loop around Bramhope takes you to the cafe stop. After the cafe stop there is an easy return to Otley via Surprise View and down West Chevin. 


Café: Bistro le Jardin at High Trees Garden Centre where there is a great range of snacks and a suntrap garden area

Stretching Ride 1: North Rigton (23 miles)

A really lovely loop around the Wharfe Valley, with a climb up the hill from Asquith to the Snowden Ridge and then onto Fewston and then round to North Rigton (most of this ride is the reverse route of our Stretching Ride to Fewston) There are fantastic views of the reservoirs and you will see Almscliffe Cragg from all sides. The café stop is at 15 miles so you may want to take a snack with you to sustain you up the final hill climbs before coffee! 


Cafe: The Square and Compass pub in North Rigton

Stretching Ride 2: Harewood (25 miles)

This ride starts on familiar roads with a gentle ride along to Weeton. After a slightly tricky right hand turn onto the Harrogate Road we go into the grounds of Harewood House. The delights of deer, highland cattle and red kites can be enjoyed. After the break at Muddy Boots café we go along the bridleway to Weardley (ok for road bikes but you may like to push for short sections) and then a hill climb up to Eccup which is a good challenge! Meet at the bench at the top of the hill for views and group photo opportunity! 

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Cafe: Muddy Boots Cafe in Harewood Village

Strenuous Ride 1: Otley to Hebden – 42 miles


This is one of our new longer suggestions – we will still make sure no-one gets left behind and will be back by approx 1pm so it will be a little faster than our other options.

There’s also a few people doing Le Petit Depart – informal plans will probably by discussed on the Club’s Facebook group – or you could rock up at the start to see who else is riding!

If you’d like to do one of our traditional Strenuous Rides then you could to the Roundhay Park ride (29 Miles) – ride leader will be nominated on the day – if you have a Garmin or Wahoo please download the route.

The Roundhay Park cafes are great and offer a range of snacks which is good because to get to the café stop on this ride you are going to climb up Black Hill! This was the finale ride on the Tour de Yorkshire and is a very challenging climb, another one to add to the local iconic climbs we do on our strenuous rides! There are stopping places on the climb for you to admire the view and no prizes for getting to the top first! So come with plenty of cash to reward yourself for taking on this challenge and enjoy the rest of the ride which takes in the beautiful Eccup Reservoir and the houses of Millionaires Row (watch out for the tasteful yellow house) 

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Cafe stop: The Mansion House Garden Room or Tropical World