Social Series half-day rides Sunday 11 August

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 11 August.

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 the ButterCross (market square) 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: Rawdon (17 miles)

Route: We will be heading towards Rawdon using a mix of back roads and some gentler main road sections to avoid any challenging hill climbs. There are a couple of footpaths to navigate so please remember to dismount.


Café: Green and Brown’s vegetarian café in Rawdon (3B Harrogate Rd, Rawdon, Leeds LS19 6HW)

Stretching Ride (1): Bolton Abbey (26 miles)

Route:This option takes the flatter route to Bolton Abbey with a return through Burley in Wharfedale for variety!


Cafe: A variety of options in Bolton Abbey including Cavendish Pavilion

Stretching Ride (2): Thorner (30 miles)

Route: This relatively flat 30 mile route goes through Pool, Bramhope, Eccup, Alwoodley, Shadwell, Thorner, Scarcroft and returns to Otley on a similar route as far as Eccup, but then descends Black Hill Lane and onto the Arthington-Pool Road.

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Cafe: The Dexter (Ember Inns) at the end of Wigton Lane or The Post Box Deli on Main Street in Thorne. This cafe has a fantastic “hidden garden” to the rear with plenty of room for cyclists and their bikes, but there’s very limited seating inside so if it’s a wet day keep the group going here small!

Strenuous Ride: Silsden (29 miles)

Route: This is a good leg stretcher with a short warm up via Middleton and then the challenging climb up to the top of Silsden for amazing panoramic views. After the café stop we head back up another hill, which is very steep in places. We then go through Addingham and along the quiet back road to rejoin the A65 into Ilkley. This is a challenging ride but it is still a social ride so we will stop at the top of the climbs and take lots of photos of the views (allowing you to catch your breath!)

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Café: The old Post Office Cafe in Silsden – over the road from the old Bilaluci Café Bar