Previous Trips


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-07-07

The final total amount collected for the Alzheimer's Society in completing this challenge was £3,290.00.  Congratulations to everyone who took part and raised the money particularly to Vanessa who raised a staggering £765 which was truly wonderful.  On behalf of the Alzheimer's Society  their grateful thanks to you all.

As a guide to the following article - Team 1 Anth and Vanessa; Team 2 John, Paul & Charles; Team 3 Barbara, Liz & Judy; Team 4 James, Blake & Leigh.

4th June 2011 109 km Audax Ride (Hill 45)

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-06-08

This is the third year that Dave Atkinson has organised SOC Audax rides from the Clubhouse – a great addition to the cycling programme.

Having done the 100 mile ride last year, Barbara and I decided to tackle the 109 km ride this year.

29th May 2011 - Ride 62

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-06-08

The day didn't look too promising as seven of us met up outside the Bishop Auckland Leisure Centre. Tony, Valerie, Barbara, Melanie and I had driven to the start whilst Paul had cycled from Northallerton and Mick the half-mile from home.

The weather was challenging with strong winds against us on our outward journey. After a puncture repair delay we reached Stanhope via Hamsterley and took a break at the Railway Café.

Saturday 7 May 2011 100 Miles and 125 Mile Marathon

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-05-09

Huge congratulations to Francis, John, Mark and Barbara who completed an epic  Flat 100 Mile Ride. Congratulations also to Mick, Charles, Steve, Melanie, James and Lyn who completed  an epic Flat 200 Km Ride. Personal bests all round!

Easter Weekend at Slaidburn 22-24 April 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-05-06

Lyn and Steve rather foolishly decided to kick off the weekend by cycling from Osmotherley to Slaidburn, our bags being kindly delivered by the Gravenor baggage delivery service.  We set off in cold foggy weather which didn't warm up until Middleham.


Elm Ridge - Darlington Wednesday 23 March 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-04-18

On a lovely sunny spring day just as well as all will be revealed later 8 of us gathered one being Helen who was a big suprise as I thought she was at work having talked to her the night before.We set off along Carmel Rd to Cockerton then mainly uphill to Heighington  then on to Haughton le Side where Liz was brought up.There is a seat there with great views over Teesdale and the Cleveland Hills Sheila knew we would stop but Ken and Mark didn't and they crashed into each other but luckily they were both ok.Then through Denton and onto Staindrop and the The Lauarls tea shop which Jam

Saturday 26th March Thirsk - Malton

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-04-10

Now that spring is well and truly here it was time to go on a longer ride - so we journeyed across the Howardian Hills from Thirsk - Malton 64 miles). 14 of us set off but 4 turned back just before Sheriff Hutton where we had a brief break.

Saturday 12th March John's Castles Ride

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-04-10

Armed with historical information notes, prepared by Laura, John Hallett led us on a tour of five Yorkshire Castles. From Bedale we cycled via Hornby  to Castle Bolton where we had lunch in a very cold hall.  John was suffering from a virus and the cold room didn't help. 

Wednesday 6 April Bedale to Ripon

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-04-10




Thirteen joined me at Bedale includng Nic who was joining us for the first time (lovely bike by the way). Ken and Liz cycling in from Langton Bridge and James from Richmond.  We set off in a rather handy head wind to Masham. We all sat outside enjoying a sheltered spot in the sun outside Suncatchers tea shop in Masham for an early coffee. 

Sunday 3 April Richmond To Barnard Castle - Mother's Day Ride

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-04-10

Eleven cyclists gathered at Nuns Close Car Park in Richmond for the ride to Barnard Castle. For the record, the party consisted of James, Barbara, Melanie, Liz, Paul, Lyn, Steve, Mark, Anth, Berni and Tim. Showers were forecast, but it nevertheless looked like a pleasant day for early April. We first cycled uphill to Washton Green, before turning NW to pass through the attractive villages of Kirby Hill, Gayles, Dalton, Newsham, and Barningham. There were great views on offer with some hefty showers visible in the distance.