Social Series half-day rides Sunday 14 July

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 14 July.

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 in 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.

We normally meet at the ButterCross (market square) but the Food Festival will be on today so we’ll meet at Otley Clinic (accessed via the road between the Stew and Oyster and The Milk Bar).

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: otleypresident@gmail.com


Gentle Ride: North Rigton (16 miles)

Route: This lovely route goes along the back roads to Huby and then goes up Gravelly Hill to Almscliffe Crag, with plenty of stops on the way. After Almscliffe Crag there is a downhill stretch to the pub. We return to Almscliffe Crag and then take a right hand turn so that we can descend on the back roads to Otley.

There are a few climbs to North Rigton via Almscliffe Cragg but you will be surprised how accessible this route is, we take the hills in a very steady manner.

Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30547652

Café: Sq and Compass pub, North Rigton


Stretching Ride (1): Fewston (21 miles)

Route:This is ride will really test out your climbing legs and it will feel much long than 21 miles! In return we offer you the glories of the “Yorkshire Lake District” with views across the reservoirs of Fewston and Lindley. 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 the route goes to the top of the Snowden Ridge via Timble village and then a lovely long descent back into Otley

Map: http://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/6545271 or https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22295979

Cafe: Washburn Heritage Centre


Stretching Ride (2): Harrogate / Harlow Carr (B) (22 miles)

Route: 22 Miles This route climbs out of Otley on the Farnley Road before taking back roads to Beckwithshaw and then to Harlow Carr. The return leg comes back via North Rigton. There is some climbing involved but the reward will be found at Betty’s in Harlow Carr.

Map: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/7038511

Cafe:Betty’s at Harlow Carr


Strenuous Ride: Kearby Cliff (27 miles)

Route:For those who prefer a bit of hill practice. The route takes you around Almscliffe Crag and Kirkby Overblow. For the pointless loop before the cafe stop you’ve got the choice of taking on the challenge of the ascent of Kearby Cliff or a glorious descent of it. Either option will provide you with some fantastic views and also help you to link up a variety of roads we use on different routes.

Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30536013

Café: The Stables Bar and Restaurant at Maustin Park caravan park – 0113 288 6060they open by special arrangement so if we put this ride on we have to commit to doing it.