Previous Trips

When 7 became 8 on the 9th of 10   

Posted by Andy Saxby on 2021-11-08

If memory serves me correctly, I joined SOC in late 1992. In the intervening 29 years I have been on and led canoeing and caving meets. Been on Fell Runs, done marathons and sections of relays. Including one relay where our Chairman and I were propositioned (but that’s another story!). Of course, what I have done most of is climbing. I spent 5 years as section organiser; and in the month that Pete Dyson passed away I recall the SOC trip to Jordan (organised by Tim Deighton) in 1998. 

Cycling in Storm Helene

Posted by Mark Russell on 2018-09-20

Seven of us met at the Black Horse PH in Ingleton for what was going to be a rather gusty and damp ride out. The forecast did at least state a possibility that the worst of the rain was gone.

Cyclone Woe

Posted by on 2018-07-09

So I met up with Big Al at his house at 7am and cycled across to Newcastle rugby ground about 3 miles away. Signed on and was in the first wave to set off at 8AM.  It was a nice day and I was on me sportive Dawes Galaxy, just like 7 years ago. 
When set off and I tooked in behind Big Al and we were cruising at 18 to 19 mph. 
So far so good. Game on!

Bowes Museum & Future Events

Posted by Bernadine McDonald on 2018-03-26

We were fortunate to have a pleasant sunny day for Mark’s ride on Saturday 24th February, with lunch at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

Mud Free Ride?

Posted by Bernadine McDonald on 2018-03-26

Richard’s ride on 17th February was actually entitled “Go West Young Man or Woman” on the programme, but his downfall was sending an email the day before which started with “I’m sure you will pleased to note that Saturday‘s ride will be mud free-ish.” He’d set himself up for getting a load of stick every time our bikes encountered mud! And he had previous form, having led us across “paths” through fields on another ride.

Mick's Big Big Birthday Ride

Posted by James Gravenor on 2017-11-26

The highlight of November 2017 was undoubtedly Mick's Big, Big, Birthday Ride. 14 people turned up, despite the weather forecast, at Bishop Auckland to join Mick on the ride to Barnard Castle to celebrate his 70th. The day was not quite as wet as forecast but the wind was stronger. It was a fight to keep our bikes on the road as we cycled through Woodlands and onto the moors.

We were very grateful to reach Andalucia (in Barnard Castle not Spain) where two more of our party were sitting in the dry and warm.

Paul's Mystery Ride 30th September 2017

Posted by Paul Smith on 2017-10-01

The mystery tour attracted 8 riders at the start including the navigator. John H, Peter B, Steve and Mark L, Roly, Alec and Richard H. Setting off promptly at 10:00 O'Clock as a few people wished to be back by 17:00 p.m. The ride started with a gentle climb to Bullamoor and a lumpy ride along High Lane to Borrowby. Then across to Upsall where one rider decided it was going to be a little too uncomfortable to continue with the group. A total of 7 on the ride now. A nervous leg as we approached Boltby Village, for some, as the thought of Boltby Bank could have been too much.

Bay Cycle Way 18th – 21st June 2017

Posted by Carol Charlton on 2017-07-08

We drove to Barrow in Furness on the afternoon of Saturday 17th June, and checked into our room at The Crofters. We then drove to Walney Island to recce the start of the route, followed by a walk along the sand. We had an ice dream in the sun overlooking the Irish sea and spent some time wandering around Barrow town centre.  We had an early evening meal at Wetherspoons and returned to our B & B.

Crummock Water and Lowes Water from Buttermere, 30th June 2017

Posted by Carol Charlton on 2017-07-08

Mark, Berni, James and Barbara joined us on this short ride on the first morning of the Camp weekend. The weather had looked threatening but in the event, we had a dry day in very pleasant conditions. We started the ride in traditional fashion at the café in Buttermere village - we had all had a long journey to the start of the ride and were in dire need of refreshments. The bacon butties did not disappoint.

Allenheads 24 June 2017

Posted by James Gravenor on 2017-06-25

We weren't expecting many people out on this ride from Middleton in Teesdale to Allenheads as strong winds were forecast.

We were suprised then that eight people made the effort: Roley, Mick, Steve L, Mark S, Richard, David, Barbara and I. Paul was at the start but he had just cycled there from Northallerton for breakfast and was then on his way home.