Social Series half-day rides – Sunday 26 January

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 26 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 9.00 for a 9.15am start. This week the Farmers’ Market is on so we’ll meet at the Otley Clinic, LS21 3AY (behind the Milk Bar Cafe).

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: Wharfedale via Guiseley (19 miles)

Route: This is a slightly more demanding gentle route which takes in Burley, Menston, Guiseley and Bramhope. The route goes out past the Fleece and then on the old gated road to Burley in Wharfedale. A cunning route is taken from Burley to Menston, using a short section of footpath (please dismount!!) A tour of the High Royds estate gives us a break from the main roads. After the break in Guiseley the route climbs up the steady Carlton Lane to Bramhope before a steady descent back to Otley.

Café: Plenty to choose from in Guiseley – we recommend Everybodys next to Morrisons

If this route is too challenging but you’d still like to try out the club please email as we’re sure to be able to find a group who would like a gentle ride to Ilkley or Bolton Abbey.

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 Cycling 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 Tea Room

Stretching Ride 2: Harrogate (A) (22 miles)

This route goes up to Harlow Carr via North Rigton and returns on the main road from Beckwithshaw. The return leg has one significant hill climb but then is downhill with the return on the Pool Road making it ideal for tired legs!

Cafe: Betty’s at Harlow Carr unless riders prefer somewhere else

Strenuous Ride to Cullingworth (Hilly) (29 miles)

A ride borrowed from the Mountain Goats – with plenty of short steep climbing to build fitness and warmth. Features the beautiful Cullingworth Viaduct and the steep Bingley Ski Slope.

Cafe: Spoons Tearoom Cullingworth