Social Series Half-day rides – Sunday 29 December

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 29 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: Ilkley (14 miles)

Route: A lovely gentle ride on the back roads to Ilkley – out and back the same way. There are a couple of small climbs but we go at a doable pace, we’re happy to stop on the hills to catch our breathe and the views, and we always regroup at the top. Plenty of cafes to choose from in Ilkley – we recommend La Stazione – they have plenty of room to park bikes and they’re friends of the club as they’re our sign-on venue for La Corsa Rosa TT.


Café: Anywhere in Ilkley (we recomend La Stazione)

Stretching Ride (1): Fewston and Washburn Valley (30 miles)

Route: This route to the Fewston area is the slightly longer route than our other Fewston ride (but with similar hills). It’s an anti-clockwise loop via Castley, North Rigton, Burn Bridge, Beckwithshaw, Fewston and Askwith. The coffee stop is at 22 miles so bring snacks to keep you going!


Cafe: Tea Room at Washburn Heritage Centre

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: Harewood via East Keswick (27 miles) or Wyke (28 miles)

This ride takes us out of our usual territory out into East Keswick or Wyke 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 the Wyke 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.


East Keswick Option: This route includes Harewood Avenue

Wyke Option; This route uses the A61 instead of Harewood Avenue.

Café: Muddy Boots on the Harewood Estate