Social Series half-day rides Sunday 28 July

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 28 July.

STOP PRESS – 28 July is Otley’s Cycling Family Fun Day – why not drop in to Garnett’s Field after your ride (it’s on until 2pm) to say hello to our coaches and ride leaders and show the town what a friendly club we are 🙂

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 Farmers’ Market 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:

Gentle Ride: Harewood (18 miles)

Route: This is a perfect “Introduction to Otley Cycle Club” ride because it is relatively flat and will take you on roads that you are unlikely to have been on before, including the fantastic bridleways at Harewood. The route goes out from Otley along the main Pool Road, which can be busy at times but it’s wide so there’s plenty of room, and we’ll break into smaller groups. We will then take a right hand turn to Weardley which is a quiet back road with a short hill climb. This leads us to Harewood Estate where there are (mainly tarmac) Bridleways giving us views of the valley and of deer and highland cattle. The return leg goes on the back roads to Otley, via Weeton and Castley. You could choose to go back via the Farnley climb but the official route takes you flat back along the Pool road


Café: Muddy Boots Cafe at Harewood

Stretching Ride (1): Bradford (25 miles)

Route:This is an interesting ride to explore the new Sustrans route to the centre of Bradford and to admire the newly designed city centre. The route is surprisingly quiet and avoids main roads until almost the centre of the city. Apart from one major hill climb on the outward and return legs the ride is relatively flat. The route map is not accurate because we are following a new off road tarmac track.


Cafe: A variety to choose from in the city centre inc. the new Cake ‘Olein the Pavilion in City Park

Stretching Ride (2): North Rigton (23 miles)

Route: 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 Sq and Compass at North Rigton

Strenuous Ride: Bolton Abbey via Langbar and Storiths (27 miles)

Route: This route goes via Middleton with a gradual climb up Langbar. We will stop to admire the amazing views at the top! We take a right hand turn after Beamsley onto the main road for a short while and then a climb to the road down to Storiths.


Café: Buffers Coffee Shop at Storiths