Previous Trips

Richmond; Snowdrop Ride

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-02-17

Liz C, Lyn, Mark and I after enjoying a cup of coffee met up with Bernie and set off from Richmond Station in the sunshine (well that may be exaggerating a bit but at least we could see). However, by the time we reached Catterick Garrison we were in thick mist. We took the excellent bridleway from Tunstall to Hornby – I’ll have to repeat this when we can actually see where we are going.

Constable Burton; The 1st January 2010!

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-01-01

The 1st January 2010!
When looking out at the snow I considered wrapping Lucia in a down jacket before bundling her into the bike trailer – then I saw sense and cleared the car!

While Dave, Jim, Carol, James and Mike set off from Northallerton and James, Bernadine and guest from Richmond, Roland (who according to Dave had eaten chicken sandwiches for breakfast) got his car out and braved the winter conditions to meet us in Constable Burton!

Masham: Via Reeth

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-12-06

With almost 50 successive days of rain behind us the prospects for this ride, one of my favourite 75 mile circuits were not good. Jim and I both came to the conclusion that we could sit around waiting for a dry spell or cape up and go for it. Opting for the latter course we found no other takers at the Standard so set off for Reeth into driving rain and a head wind. After 5 miles or so the rain stopped and the clear sky looked promising as we de-caped and headed over the cone-filled A1.

Scorton: Steve and Carol’s 24 miles from Scorton

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-11-18

Eight hardy souls met at Scorton café following a night of torrential rain and with a dodgy forecast looming. However, the ride was started in dry conditions although the country lanes had a lot of surface water from the overnight rain. The first hurdle to be overcome was a tractor caught in the act of hedge trimming and it was to everyone’s credit that we got through this particular minefield without a puncture – Steve picked up a large thorn in his front tyre but fortunately, it did not penetrate the inner tube.

Malham: Lancaster to Malham via the Trough of Bowland

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-11-08

After two wet weekend rides I was looking forward to a day promised by the weathermen to bring us mainly dry conditions with the "odd" shower moving in from the West. After a proper cyclists breakfast at the camping barn Jim and Smith joined me for the return circuit to Morecambe Bay. No sooner had we left Malhamdale when the heavens opened and we had to cape up before Hellifield.

Northallerton: Otley and Back

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-10-24

Otley is a place we used to frequently visit with York CTC, and I only realised recently it was perfectly feasible to do a return day ride there from Northallerton. The day promised to be a cyclist's nightmare with strong winds and heavy rain right across Yorkshire. I wasn't surprised therefore to find no other riders joining me for the Northallerton start, so though tempted by the option of going home I set out for Ripon. Within three miles the rain started, light at first, soon progressing to heavy drizzle, though no sign of strong wind yet.

Dufton: YHA Weekend, the Dave A Version

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-09-12

Having wondered for months whether it would be possible to cycle all the way to Dufton with Lucia we decided to take the plunge, so with tandem and trailer in tow we set out early to make our own way to Fremlington, thinking we would struggle to maintain the group pace. Soon we were joined by James W and Ben who were happy to cruise along at our pace.

Dufton: YHA Weekend, The James G Version

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-09-12

Nineteen cyclists stayed in Dufton on the Saturday night spread between the youth hostel and Hall Croft Bed and Breakfast.
Most of us started in Richmond but we were joined by contingents from Northallerton, Darlington, Bishop Auckland and Cleasby. We all gathered together at our morning coffee stop at the Bike Centre in Fremington before tackling the climb up Arkengarthdale to Tan Hill. Some of us used Lucia as a windbreak before passing Dave and Anne just before the summit (well it’s not often you get the chance to pass Dave).

Darlington: Hell of The North

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-09-06

With much better conditions forecast for this year’s ride we had a good turn out with myself, Roly, Mick, Tony, Paul, Melanie, James W, Charles and Brian joined also by a number of the mountain bike group, though it looked from the outset like a race beat the rain back to Darlington!

Bedale: To Pately Bridge

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-08-22

Lyn, Steve, James from York, Mick, Tim, Bernadine, Ray, Julie T, Barbara and I (Slim Jim) cycled from Bedale via Well, West Tanfield and Kirkby Malzeard to Pateley Bridge, the heather was beautiful as we crossed Dallow Moor. The descent into Pateley Bridge was so steep that at least one of the party dismounted to descend. The town was bustling with holiday makers. However, we did find space in the Riverside Café. Our return journey was via Nidderdale to Lofthouse and up Ouster Bank – Mick winning the King of the Mountain jersey.