Social Series half-day rides – Sunday 3 November

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 3 November

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: Addingham (19 miles)

Route: This gentle mainly flat ride goes on the back road towards Bolton Abbey and then we walk over the footbridge to Addingham. If it is a nice day we will have our café stop at the Fleece Deli in Addingham but if it is full (it is only a tiny café) we will stop at Ilkley on the return ride. There are some short sections of main road on this route but it is a lovely gentle route and an ideal introduction to social cycling!


  • This could be turned into out and back from Addingham, or back onto smaller roads after Ilkley cafe stop if people prefer the back roads
  • Divert to look at the Stepping Stones at Burley in Wharfedale, there is a short section of rough bridleway but it is a nice break from the road.


Café: The Fleece Deli (part of The Fleece Inn) in Addingham or anywhere in Ilkley (we recomend La Stazione)

Stretching Ride (1): Fewston (18 miles)

Route: This is an easier introduction to the Fewston area with a lower length, although similar amounts of climbing to our other Fewston route. This route was used for our 1st club ride with Cycle Weekly! The ride goes down to the Trout Farm, along the Gated Road and then takes the plantation road (unpaved) to Norwood Lane and then down to Fewston. The return ride uses Jack Lane and then climbs up past Lindley Reservoir to Farnley.


Cafe: Washburn Heritage Centre

Stretching Ride (2): Silsden (25 miles)

Route: This route starts on the Ilkley road and then briefly joins the By Pass road to Ilkley before taking the old Otley Road to Burley in Wharfedale. The route takes you through Ilkley on a short stretch of the A65 and then up to Addingham Moorside on a lovely quiet back road which climbs to take in amazing views in all directions. You will take at least two stops on the climb to take photos and get your breath back! Once you reach the top of the climb it is an easy descent into Silsden and the café stop before retracing your ride back over the hill again and then eventually taking the back road to Otley. This is one of our more demanding stretching rides because of the hill climb over to Silsden, which is very steep in places.


Cafe: The Old Post Office Cafe

Strenuous Ride: East Keswick (28 miles)

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

Route: This ride takes us out of our usual territory out into East Keswick via Eccup reservoir. This is a good choice of ride if you want to explore a different area and are confident on main roads. The hill climbing is less on this route than many of our strenuous routes. Most of the climbing is early in the ride and there are some more gentle slopes towards East Keswick. There is a short section of main A Road (Harewood Avenue) on this route which will require confident riding in single file in smaller groups (no more than 6 in each group) You may want to bring a snack as the break (at Muddy Boots) is towards the end of this route.


Café: Muddy Boots Cafe on Harewood Estate (FB)