Previous Trips

Family Ride Kildale - Saturday 3rd September

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-10-04

Alison and Izzy joined Lily-Mai and I on top of Kildale moor for a lovely ride in what we thought was good sunshine for September (little did we know what was to follow later in month!). Lily-Mai started off on her trailer bike being pulled by me, but after successfully pedalling off on her own this summer she kept attempting to ride solo. It never lasted long though. We had a few breaks, for snacks, falls, wobbles and to connect and disconnect the trailer.

A Post Pregnancy Pootle - Saturday 23rd September

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-10-03

Sometime during pregnancy I'd decided that putting a ride in the programme would be a good way of ensuring I got organised and out on my bike after becoming a mum.  So exactly 6 weeks after the arrival of little Leo we were undertaking the military like campaign that was needed to get me out on the bike and (more importantly) to ensure that Leo and Phil had everything they needed to spend approximately 4 hours of quality 'boy' time together, including the all important lunch provisions!

SOC Mountain Bike Cake-Off - Sunday 18th September

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-09-29

One of the biggest turn-outs for a mountain bike section ride for some time – could cake have been the catalyst? Kathryn hosted this year’s event, as is the tradition (of one year’s standing) of the winner defending the title on home ground.

The Prized 'Cake Off' Trophy

A Mountain Biker's View of the Club Relay

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-09-28

As we got up at 3-30am to pick up Judith and head over to Alston, I do remember thinking "Why me? What have I done to deserve this?". Nothing really, I just happened to be sandwiched between Judith and Richard at the last committee meeting when Judith volunteered to to ride the missing link of the club Pennine Way relay over Cross Fell. As I was fairly sure she hadn't the faintest idea how to find her way over the top of the mountain in the grey light of dawn I felt honour bound to put my hand up and get involved (and then Alan manned up as well and that made three).

Hamsterley 1-2-1 Race, 3/4th September

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-09-05

Race time again at Hamsterley Forest! Alan and I decided to have another go at the 1-2-1 race this year, this involves a cross country race on Saturday followed by a downhill race on the Sunday, both have to be done on the same bike which is quite lucky as I've only got one bike! SOC entrants were down to four this year; us, Emma and Chris G but we did get great, though slightly sleepy, support from Leo (plus Rach and Phil, photomeister for the event) and Skye (plus Sas and Nev).


Hamsterley Warm-Up Wed 31st August

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-09-05

Being a rather new member and forgetting that most normal people work during daytime hours of the midweek I knew that turnout would be low to nonexistent. So it came as a surprise when Alan gave me a call to see if all was going ahead. I had already completed a five hour session at Hamsterley the previous day which had left me feeling rather rigid, so another go at it was worrying me slightly. However I did not want to wimp out on my first SOC lead. By the way, I use the word 'lead' very lightly as will be explained later. I met up with Alan and Sarah in the forest car park at 10:00.

Pink Heifers at Sleepless In The Saddle

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-09-03

The Pink Heifers have had an interesting year; just not racing. Many of the team have deserted their Heifer status (check the dictionary, I am not being rude) and have become pregnant. In the end, Sal and I were the last Heifers standing in the UK ( Lucy is in the Alps and strangely not answering questions about 24 hour racing!). So we decided to go ahead and do Sleepless In The Saddle as a pair. As the event neared, I became more convinced I was insane. We assured ourselves that we would just go, take it easy and see how we did. Yeah right!

Around Barningham Moor, Sat Aug 20th

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-09-02

On a lovely sunny morning Judith, Sarah, Kaye, Alan and Mark set off from the small village of Barningham near Barnard Castle for a ride as detailed in Neil Ganders cycle routes. The going was quite firm as we biked up the moorside to the road section which took us to a higher section of moor. After this the ride became more enjoyable with moderate winds to keep us cool and wide ranging views across the purple coloured hills that were very scenic.We managed to find the good singletrack that took us off the moor and into the Stang Forest.

Reeth July 10th

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-08-10

Our offering for Sunday July 10th was for 25 miles medium/hard. Five turned out to join Steven and I to see what the offering was – Chris E and Nev, Russ, Frankie and David G. Nev and Chris had no intention of doing 25 miles due to bad backs and knees and David G was seeing if he was going to be short-changed hands nev

Lord Stones Cafe 31st July

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-08-10

Despite the good forecast it was a small turnout from Carlton Bank, Chris Eaton myself and two infrequent mountain bikers, Mark -out for only the second or third time off road and Duncan venturing over from the shaven leg and lycra brigade for some bumps and mud.As usual the track back towards Clay Bank managed to have a few deep muddy puddles which never dry out which led on to the bike carrying stage up to the bridleway leading over the back of the hills down to Chop Gate .