Social Series Half-day Rides – Sunday 15 December

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 15 December.

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: Eccup and donkeys (19 miles)

Route: This gentle ride sets off along the Pool Road which can be busy but is flat for about 3 miles. We will then go up Creskeld Lane. This is steep in places but there are plenty of stopping places to enjoy the views! There is another busy stretch of road until we reach the back roads of Eccup. We will go up to Eccup reservoir to admire the views and then return on the back roads to the Donkey Sanctuary. There is a small café area and you can spend some time with the donkeys! The return to Otley will go via Bramhope and then a long descent into Otley to finish at the Fleece.

Café: The Donkey Sanctuary (bring cash)

Stretching Ride (1): Ilkely via Menston (24 miles)

Route: A gentle outwards approach using Pool Road to Creskeld Lane makes this a good warm up ride. After Creskeld Lane there is a climb up to Bramhope and then the route goes along the top of the Chevin to take in Surprise View and then follows the course of the Tour de Yorkshire down Buckle Lane and up to the Moor road climbing gradually to the Cow and Calf, from Ilkley we return via Asquith and the back roads. Our café stop is a later point than usual in the ride so bring snacks!

Maps: or

Cafe: A variety to choose from – we recommend La Stazione (near the station!)

Stretching Ride (2): Kirkby Overblow 22 miles

This route goes out via Almscliffe Cragg and North Rigton, there is a short section of the main Harrogate Road and then a turning to Kirkby Overblow. The return leg uses the back roads via Weeton, Huby and Castley.

Route options:  or

Both routes include a right hand turn off an A-road so Ride Leader can choose which they prefer.

Café: The Sq and Compass Pub in North Rigton (2/3 of the way through)

Alternatively you could do the ride in reverse to avoid the right hand turn. This then involves going through Huby instead of Castley and having coffee at the Local Pantry which is 3/4 though the ride. This is the reverse route:

Strenuous Ride: Bolton Abbey via Storiths and Langbar (reverse) 28  miles

This route lives up to the “strenuous” name. It goes via Langbar and on to Cavendish Pavilion or Buffers for a cafe stop before returning via a climb over Langbar again. This route is a challenging with great views, but not everybody will get up Langbar without stopping. The descents are very steep so should only be attempted by riders with brakes in full working order and not be attempted if there’s a risk of ice.


Café: Buffers at Storiths or Cavendish Pavilion