Previous Trips

Stainburn April 2012

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-04-21
Some video highlights from the Stainburn trip.

Snowy Easter at Castleton

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-04-10


Warm weather and dry trails until the day before the Easter trip to Castleton when a huge snowstorm hit the Peak District and deposited tons of drifting and melting snow all over the trails. Never mind, we didn't let it stop us and by the time fourteen of us had assembled for a ride around the Stanage area on Good Friday quite a lot of the lower trails were clear although wet. 

SOC Hit Rothbury

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-04-10

See the video of the weekend here!

Gunnerside 11th March

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-03-11

As the Dalby ride that was programmed did not officially take place, a handful of us took a ride from Gunnerside instead. Steven and I were joined by Alan, Sarah and Chris of the gold wheels – they did glint well in the sunshine! The plan for the day was to go round Kisdon so that's what we did – now I've worked out which way we went from Gunnerside it is all making sense on the GPS route! We went along the valley to Muker before hitting the bridleway to Keld and then enjoyed a stop in the sun at the waterfall while I had a mess about on the stone steps.

Easy Going Hamsterley Saturday 3rd March

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-03-08

I had a bit of an ethical dilemma while writing this report - to tell the truth or succumb to bribery!!!  That’s right, someone tried to shut me up by offering to buy cake for silence - but unfortunately for them I’m of high moral fibre and not so easily bought (although if he’d offered two slices it might have been a different story........)  More on that later!

Leap Year Air 29/2/2012

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-03-04

James, Gary and I enjoyed the 4X track, making the most of excellent rolling conditions and falling light.  A great photo of riders on the start mound with lights, on a red sky background went begging.  Gary showed us how it's done on his pink bike, and James managed a clear on the tricky 2 tabletops after the tight corner, once I showed him the approach line over the back of the berm.  By 6.40 it was dark enough to make it easy to call it quits, and head away for a bite before meeting Karen for the XC loop.

Kirby Hill 28.01.12

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-02-07

Kirby Hill 28.01.12

Old habits die hard – despite moving to Ravensworth in June, I still elected to start our easy going ride from Kirby Hill, which meant Steven and I had 93m of vertical climb before we started the ride – at least that’s what my new GPS told me. It paid off at the end though as you will see later. Despite being a beautiful but cold day we could only attract two followers - Nigel and ‘Kickstand’ Steve who will be vying for the ‘frequent flyer’ title by the end of the year.

Middleham Sunday 29th Jan 2012

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-02-07

Crook Sat 4th Feb 2012

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-02-04

Neil, Kathryn, Kaye and Russ were joined by new member Christopher and Johnny Proud of the canoeing section for a Saturday ride around the Wear Valley. Sub-zero temperatures were unleavened by any hint of sunshine and even the ride up the old railway line to Billy Row failed to warm most of us up. Never mind, the skinny bridleway descent to Roddymoor put a glow in our hearts. Next a mash-up of quiet lanes, old bridleways and - um, "honorary bridleway" (we got a bit lost, honest!) brought us to a rough field-edge descent down the ancient right of way to Old Harperley Hall.

Waskerley Way 2012

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-01-21

Our annual pilgrimage up the Waskerley Way coincided with a beautiful winter’s day – the main challenge of the day was to keep warm as temperatures were negative. 15 of us set off towards the end destination of Park Head café and the prospect of bacon sarnies and cake. After 11 miles, Colin decided that the pace and the distance was probably a bit too soon in his training schedule and headed back. The rest of the outbound journey was without incident although we still had a bit of a head wind on the final leg.