Social Series Half-day rides – Sunday 12 January

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 12 January.

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 is a lovely route which goes along the back roads to Huby and then goes up Gravelly Hill to Almscliffe Crag, with plenty of stops on the way. After Almscliffe Crag there is a downhill stretch to the pub. We return to Almscliffe Crag and then take a right hand turn so that we can descend on the back roads to Otley.


Café: Square and Compass Pub for Smarties

Stretching Ride (1): Eccup and Golden Acre Park (21 miles)

Route: This is a shorter ride for the winter months. The ride has a tough Climb at beginning up West Chevin to Surprise View but once at the top the rest of the ride is gently stretching and includes a ride round to Eccup Reservoir on quieter roads.


Cafe: The cafe at Golden Acre Park

Stretching Ride (2): Harewood (24 miles)

Route: This ride starts on familiar roads with a gentle ride along to Weeton. After a slightly tricky right hand turn onto the Harrogate Road we go into the grounds of Harewood House. The delights of deer, highland cattle and red kites can be enjoyed. After the break at Muddy Boots café we go along the bridleway to Weardley (ok for road bikes but you may like to push for short sections) and then a hill climb up to Eccup which is a good challenge! Meet at the bench at the top of the hill for views and group photo opportunity!

Maps: or

Cafe: Muddy Boots Cafe

Strenuous Ride: Darley (30 miles)

Route: There are some beautiful views as you cross past over the Washburn Valley and the café will restore your energy levels ready for the return leg. There will be plenty of hills and as always there will stops to admire the views! Fantastic snacks and cakes are guaranteed!


Cafe: Darley Shop and Cafe

There is a lovely cafe in the village in Darley, it is combined with the post office and has a small amount of seating indoors. In winter it is fine for a group of about 4-6 – more than this and you may not all get a seat.