Social Series half-day rides – Sun 9 February

NB – due to forecast high winds these rides may be cancelled  – keep an eye on the website news for updates


Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 9 February.

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.

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: Harewood (18 Miles)

Mainly flat roads with a gentle climbs through the Harewood Estate where you may see deer, red kites and highland cattle Please bring cash fpr the coffee stop!!


Cafe stop: Muddy Boots Cafe, Harewood

Stretching Ride (1): 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.


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

Stretching Ride (2): Bradford (25 miles)

This is an interesting ride to explore the new Sustrans route to the centre of Bradford and to admire the newly designed city centre. The route is surprisingly quiet and avoids main roads until almost the centre of the city. Apart from one major hill climb on the outward and return legs the ride is relatively flat. The route map is not accurate because we are following a new off road tarmac track.


Cafe: A variety to choose from in the city centre inc. the new Cake ‘Ole in the Pavilion in City Park

Strenuous Ride: Fewston / Thruscross (27 miles)

This is the most challenging of all of our Strenuous Rides with a lot of hill climbing involved, the views are worth it though! This ride takes you to Thruscross Reservoir and a very challenging hill climb with some amazing views! The ride crosses over the dam at Thruscross which is a great place to take some photos of the amazing scenery of Nidderdale. The coffee stop is at the Farm Café with a good range of snacks. The return leg will take in views of Fewston Reservoir from Jack Lane (watch out for the gravel on this road) and the route takes a detour via the gated road to give you a very strenuous work out (a quicker return leg may be taken).

Route(s) or

Cafe: Fewston Farm Shop Upper Cobby Syke Farm, HG3 1SR