Social Series Sunday 16th May 2021

Gentle Ride – Harewood

This is a perfect “Introduction to Otley Cycle Club” ride because it is relatively flat and will take you on roads that you are unlikely to have been on before, including the fantastic bridleways at Harewood. The route goes out from Otley along the main Pool Road, which can be busy at times but we will divert to take the “pointless loop” to the Fishing Ponds. At Pool we will break into smaller groups for the road along Arthington as this can be busy. We will then take a right hand turn to Weardley which is a quiet back road with a short hill climb. This leads us to Harewood Estate where there are (mainly tarmac) Bridleways giving us views of the valley and of deer and highland cattle. The return leg goes on the back roads to Otley, via Weeton and Castley
Café
Muddy Boots at Harewood
Having to do this one again due to cafe stops not being open on the others.
Stretching Ride – Kirkby Overblow
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.
Café
The Shoulder of Mutton at Kirky Overblow or Village Pantry
This route maybe done in reverse to allow cafe stop. Kaz Jones is hosting.
Stretching Ride Bolton Abbey
This option takes the flatter route to Bolton Abbey with a return through Burley in Wharfedale for variety!
Café
To be dedcided on the day. This ride will also only go ahead if there is enough call for it.  Also anybody considering stepping up to sretching from gentle ride this is perfect, although 26 miles there are no serious climbs, in fact the hardest climb is completed in the first few miles.