Previous Trips

Steve & Carol’s t’ tour of t’ three tea shops – Wednesday 18th June

Posted by James Gravenor on 2014-06-23
We had a glorious 39 mile bike ride today. The day started in the best possible way for Steve who ordered a bacon sandwich (topped with a fried egg!) at Joan’s café in Scorton whilst we waited for the rest of the party to arrive. We set off in lovely weather via Moulton, North and East Cowton, Hornby and Appleton Wiske for lunch at Roots in East Rounton. The sun shone, the wind was minimal and the North Yorkshire countryside looked beautiful.

Lands End to John o'Groats May/June 2014

Posted by James Gravenor on 2014-06-18

After riding LEJOG as part of the Club Relay in 2011, Barbara, Leigh and James decided to ride all of it this year. It took us 16 days to cycle 1,073 miles from Lands End to John o'Groats with 67,000 feet of climbing. In addition we had extra miles to cycle from Penzance to the start and from the end to Wick. This was a good test of Leigh's knee operation last October - it stood up well to the test. 

Tour of Scotland 2nd - 5th May 2014

Posted by James Gravenor on 2014-06-18

Eleven cyclists met at a cafe in Perth on Friday. From there we cycled to Stirling via Gleneagles where we met up with Colin. After an excellent Italian meal some of us had time to stroll around Stirling at night - a charming city.

On the Saturday the group spilntered into a number of sub-groups with some doing a short ride, some a medium and some a long ride. We all passed near to or through Callendar on our way to Killin for the night. The Sustrans route was very scenic and avoided the A road. The surface was reasonable.

Flat 100 cycle 26th April 2014

Posted by James Gravenor on 2014-04-29

Eight of us completed what has become an annual event - the Flat 100 mile ride in the Vale of Mowbray. Steve B was the latest person to achieve his first 100 mile ride on this event. , Melanie, Paul, John, Chris, Steve R, Barbara and James were the veterans who also completed the full ride. A further 10 people completed a shorter 60 mile ride and met up with us for morning coffee at Thorpe Perrow.

The Wiske Way 30 March 2014

Posted by James Gravenor on 2014-04-10

Forget Everest, forget the South Pole, forget the Amazon, 15 cyclists set out to achieve what has never been achieved before: to cycle from the source to the mouth of the mighty River Wiske in one day.

Starting in Brompton we battled our way to East Harlsey. Near here we discovered the source of the Wiske where Carr Beck joins with Stony Lane Beck (well we got as far as the nearest road bridge to the confluence) . We then followed its course as it meandered first Northwards, then Eastwards and finally southwards through Appleton Wiske and Danby Wiske and past Wiske House.

Cycling in New Zealand

Posted by James Gravenor on 2014-04-10


Barbara and I missed a few club rides in February and March because we were cycling on the other side of the World in New Zealand.

The day after arriving in NZ we hired bikes from Natural High in Christchurch. Sandra who welcomed us and fitted our bikes knew Richmond well having worked at Grinton Youth Hostel. Whilst at the hostel she worked with Stu (at the Dales Bike Centre) and asked us to pass on her regards to him.

Lyn's Nightmare Ride on Saturday 15 March 2014

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2014-03-18

Five hardy souls including Carol Ashton, Judith, Ken, Liz and Steve pitched up at Catterick Village on a drafty Saturday morning for Lyn's ride. John very loyally cycled over to Catterick from Brompton to see us off.  Possibly with some regret as he had a head wind the whole way. Rugby called though and after wishing us well he headed back home with the luxury of a tail wind back to Brompton.

Lyn's Ride Wednesday 5 March 2014

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2014-03-10

Thirteen eager souls joined Lyn on a dry if a bit cloudy morning for the ride to Scorton via Deighton, Appleton Wiske and Moulton. It was great to have Mick join her ride, the two Richards and Ann and Bob not to mention everyone else who joined her. Having waited for Bernadine to show up, 10 minutes late (definately a points deduction I feell!), we set off at a handy pace.

Yvonne's Ride From Ravesnworth Wed 26 February 2014

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2014-02-27

A nice size group of 8 met at Ravensworth in blustery conditions and the threat of showers. It was hoped we would be finished before the real rain came at about 3:00 pm. A few people were pleased that we weren't starting out up the hill out of Ravensworth. Instead we took the gentle way towards Gilling but then had the long hill up towards the A66. We had a couple of bike problems before reaching Melsonby but then made good progress to Eppleby, Winston and Staindrop.

Jenny's Ride on Wednesday 19 February 2014

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2014-02-24

Today should have been Jenny's first ride she has led for the club. Unfortunately she couldn't do the ride due to the accident she sustained on 15 January. Nevertheless Bernadine came to the rescue with an offer to lead the ride and Lyn provided a route from Bedale to Ripon.