Social Series half-day rides – Sunday 20 October

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 20 October

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, in the 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: North Rigton (16 miles)

Route:This will be an easy ride with some climbing but at a very gentle pace and plenty of stops for you to admire the great views. The route out starts on the Pool Road so you can get warmed up before the climb up to Armscliffe Cragg via Gravelly Lane before diverting off to North Rigton for Smarties at the Sq and Compass. After Armscliffe Cragg it is a very gentle climb to a road on a plateau with views of Harrogate and Otley. On the return to Otley this route usually goes up the hill to Farnley (with stops) so you can get used to climbing Otley hills, but you may also decide to go back via Pool Road, which is longer but flatter.


Café: Square and Compass at North Rigton

Stretching Ride (1): Bolton Abbey (Strid Wood) (29 miles)

Route: This is a newer, longer Stretching ride but it’s only ‘undulating’ and we could stop at Bolton Abbey if the group prefers. It’s an ‘out and back’ using the back roads to Ilkley and Bolton Abbey so follows the beautful road parallel to the river. The choice on offer at the Strid cafe is worth the extra miles to get there.


Cafe: Strid Wood Tea Rooms

Stretching Ride (2): Pannel (24 miles)

Route: This is a very attractive route which starts off with the short climb to Farnley and then a descent and short climb along the back roads behind Lindley reservoir. This includes one of the hills climbs that our mini flyers now find is possible rather than impossible! The route continues on back roads, through the streets of Pannel and then onto the main road to the Garden Centre for our coffee stop. After the coffee stop the route is very gentle back to Otley with some long descents and a few shorter climbs. It is a great ride with fantastic views.

Maps: or

Cafe: Crimple Hall Garden Centre

Strenuous Ride: Roundhay Park (29 miles)

Unless anyone wants to put on a longer ride instead / as well.

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)


Café:  The Mansion House Garden Room or Tropical World