Previous Trips

Find a New Cafe Competition

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-09-15

James started a new competition for the cycling section on another midweek ride on the 15th September. It involves the ride leader finding a new cafe. He achieved this by taking us to Hovingham. The bakery café is set beside the stream which runs through this estate village, home of the Worsley family. On this lovely sunny day it was a picture made to grace any calendar.


Boggle Hole Weekend

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-09-11

Lucia Completes her First Audax

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-07

Saturday 7th August saw the three of us set out from Northalellerton in pouring rain (a first this year!), accompanied by Roy and Chris, at 8:15 to ride to the start of the VC167 50KM Audax at Aldborough St John – the Cordillaeras. Hoping to see the 100KM Aldborough Feast riders setting off at 10:00 we were disappointed as Nigel had unbeknown to us changed the start time to 9am, which meant Rowley had arrived an hour late but opted to join us on the 50. After coffee at Nigel’s house it was now thankfully dry again so we set out towards Hutton Magna.

Mick's Raid Pyreneen

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-01

I had always fancied doing the Raid, but with 28 col's (mountain passes) 16,000 metres of climbing and 800 kms in 10 days, I always thought it was well beyond my low fitness level whilst I was working full time. However, a Bike Adventure Company whom I support quiet often was celebrating it's tenth anniversary and offered me 50% discount which helped and now being retired I suddenly thought I can get myself up for this.

Sneck Yate (Boltby Bank)

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-07-31

Only six of us ventured forth from Brompton – perhaps it was the fear of the mighty climb or it may have just been that people were away on holiday.

We took a hilly route via Bullamoor, Borrowby, Cowesby, Kirkby Knowle and Boltby to the dreaded hill. My theory was that we would warm up before the main ascent – others felt that the so-called “pimples” had already tired them out before we reached Boltby. Four out of the six ascended without dismounting. Two, who will remain anonymous found it quicker to walk.

6/5 +4p+40*33%=53m

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-07-24

5 regular cyclists and a new lady Caroline from Thirsk met at the village Green in Brompton on 5 bicycles. Before we could proceed we had to the first puncture of the day to repair.

Travelling on the lanes to Danby Wiske, we had to stop to check the repaired tyre pressure and pump it up. On we travelled crossing the old railway line at Maunby, and onto Pickhill and another stop to replace the faulty tube.

Druids Temple 21st July 2010

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-07-21

Four of us cycled from Richmond to meet the rest of the group (a further five at Bedale). We ambled leisurely via Well to Masham where unusually for the Wednesday riders we refused a cup of tea settling for a wayside sip of water instead.

Club Camp on the Northumberland Coast

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-07-10

We arrived on Friday afternoon to find the camping field empty apart from Patrick’s small tent and Smart car, ingeniously joined by an awning, plus the Parkinson’s caravan. By the time we returned from an early evening cycle to Holy Island not a blade of grass was visible. This was not only due to the Blanchard and Atkinson canvas villas but also because another group was sharing the field with us that weekend.

21 Miles From Reeth

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-06-30

10 members, including Ray on the tandem with his “chauffeur” Mark,  met at Reeth on a glorious June day for Steve and Carol’s slow ride. It was warm and sunny with virtually no wind – perfect cycling conditions. Our route took us westwards to Gunnerside, where we took the high road to Gunnerside lodge and then steeply down to Ivelet bridge, and then on to Muker. Here, we had lunch at Muker tea shop. The return journey left the main road just outside Gunnerside where we took the road to Spring End and Crackpot before rejoining the main road just outside Low Row.

Bishop Auckland - Mick's 50 Mile Ride

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-06-27

I got the shock of my life when 16 cyclists turned up at Bishop Auckland for my ride, I must now make an effort to lead rides more often.

We headed up to Woodland on a very windy morning, and even more so as we went along Folly Top. We then headed for Middleton In Teesdale to the Bakery/Teashop to which I had phoned ahead and booked our tables, and one of our party said it may be a first, 16 roadies walking into a cafe with reserved signs on our table, we were as always well looked after by David and his staff.