Social Series half-day rides – Sunday 17 November

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 17 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: otleypresident@gmail.com


Gentle Ride: North Rigton (17 miles)

Route: 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. 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. The return leg has a diversion to the Trout Farm to provide variety on one of our stable routes.

Map: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/8269861

Café: Square and Compass in North Rigton


Stretching Ride: Harrogate (22 miles)

Route: This route begins with a flat route along the Pool Road and then climbs on back roads via Braythorne. On the return leg a diversion is taken on the back roads to the trout farm which gives a quiet alternative to the main road but is more hilly as a result.

Maps: https://connect.garmin.com/course/7127835

Cafe: Betty’s at Harlow Carr (unless anyone has another suggestion)


Strenuous Ride: Wharfe Valley (27 miles)

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

Route: This is a “must do” challenge for all hill climbers! The ride starts gently out to Ilkley before tackling the challenging climb up to the top of the Cow and Calf. You may want to push on the final section of the ride so you can really admire the views! After the Cow and Calf the ride continues along the moor road to Hawksworth and take a speedy descent down Thorpe Lane into Guiseley. The return leg includes a climb to Surprise View before descending via Bramhope.

Map: http://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/8035444

Café: Everybody’s Social – Guiseley